28 Sep Can Exercise Make You Smarter?
On a recent episode of the Glock & Doc podcast we discussed the benefits of fitness for entrepreneurs. The main takeaways were that exercise makes a person smarter, more creative, and more resilient. But how exactly can exercise make us smarter?
It turns that exercise can make your brain stronger just like a muscle. “Exercise stimulates the brain plasticity by stimulating growth of new connections between cells in a wide array of important cortical areas of the brain. Recent research from UCLA demonstrated that exercise increased growth factors in the brain—making it easier for the brain to grow new neuronal connections.”
“There is no pill that comes close to what exercise can do,” says Claude Bouchard, director of the human genomics laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana. “And if there was one, it would be extremely expensive.”
When we don’t work out our brain just like our muscles can become weaker. Not working out is linked to less depression, better memory and quicker learning. Studies also suggest that exercise is, as of now, the best way to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
On a cellular level working out increases the production of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a protein that has been referred to as fertilizer for your brain. “BDNF is a substance that is found in your brain and helps to maintain the life of your brain cells, as well as grow new ones. You’ve probably heard all about ‘neuroplasticity’ and how we used to think our brains, once adult, were like a lump of concrete – unable to change and grow. Scientists now believe our brains are more like plastic – able to adapt, grow and change depending on what we do with them. BDNF is widely accepted as being a key player in this ‘plastic’ ability of the brain.
Low levels of BDNF have been associated with depression, anxiety, poor memory and brain degeneration as seen in conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.”
Train your body to train your mind. Stay sharp, the world needs more stronger smarter people.
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