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Exercise Improves Brain Power

October 31, 2001 | 29,165 views

A preliminary study has found that exercise may rev up a person's brain power.

In the study, the researchers measured the thinking ability of 20 men and women aged 18 to 24 after 30 minutes of moderately heavy to heavy running on a treadmill. Once the participants' heart rates had returned to resting levels, they were wired up to an instrument that measures brain waves called an electroencephalogram (EEG).

They then took two computer tests, one more difficult than the other. These results were compared with results from tests the participants took without exercising beforehand.

Brain wave measurements showed that exercising increased the speed of the decision-making process.

Specifically, brain activity kicked in 35 milliseconds faster after exercise compared with when study participants did not exercise. Although that may sound like a small amount of time, that it is actually quite significant.

In addition, the respondents answered more accurately after exercise then they did when they had not exercised.

If the findings hold true, they can be added to a growing body of research on the beneficial effects of even short periods of activity. One recent study found that 10 minutes of moderate exercise daily can improve mood and reduce fatigue.

Another study reported that stair climbing for 2 minutes several times a day can lower total cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol and improve the resting pulse rate in sedentary young women.

Annual Meeting Of The Society Of Psychophysiological Research in Montreal, Canada October 18, 2001

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

More reasons to benefit. Not only will exercise help you:

  • Sleep better
  • Maintain Your Weight
  • Improve your resistance to fight infections
  • Lower your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes

But, exercise appears to actually help your brain work better and make you smarter. The key to obtaining the benefits of exercise is to commit to a program.

You can use the form (below) that I give to my new patients when they visit with me to help you to commit to a regular program.

Aerobic Exercise Calendar for _______________________ Date ______________

I will do this program for the following benefits (please circle whatever is appropriate):

  • Decrease my risk of heart attack and strokes
  • Improve cholesterol
  • Improve endurance and energy
  • Improve self-esteem and mood
  • Decrease my stress
     
  • Slow Down Aging
  • Weight Loss
  • Decrease Diabetes
  • Decrease Cancer

I will schedule my exercise (circle one): before work, lunchtime, after work

 
Mon
Tue
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Sat
Sun

Week 1

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Comments

             

Week 2

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Week 3

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Week 4

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Use the form above, which I give to my new patients, to help you commit to a regular program. If you are having problems exercising that are not physically related, refer to the free EFT manual on Mercola.com to find out how to use this simple but effective tool to help you re-focus. The section on goals and affirmations is especially useful in helping you stick with your exercise program.

Exercise Progression:

Start with as many days per week as you can and build up by an extra day each week until 6 days a week.

Duration:

Start with as many minutes as you can exercise and add a minute each workout until at 45-60 minutes.

You can measure your heart rate by counting the number of beats on the pulse point in your wrist or neck for ten seconds, then multiply by 6. Your training heart rate is as fast as you can exercise and still talk comfortably to a person standing next to you.

 

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