There is so much noise out there regarding exercise. When you hear something over and over again, you become desensitized to it. You stop listening. That’s too bad.
It’s too bad because exercise, specifically aerobic exercise (jogging, running, etc.), has such profound effects on the body and the mind. Those who have forged the habit of exercising aerobically have tremendous advantages over those who don’t.
There are many studies on the benefits of daily aerobic exercise:
- Carl Cotmon, neuroscientist at University of California, Irvine.
- Rusty Gage, researcher at SALK Institute.
- Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center.
- Robert Ziltzer, MD & US National Library of Medicine.
- Scientists from University of Guelph.
- Scotland University of Edinburgh & Netherlands Radboud University.
- University of Kentucky researchers.
- National Institutes of Health.
- University of Jyvaskyla, Finland Study.
- Joint longitudinal (long-term) study by UCLA Medical Center & University of Pittsburgh.
- Fred Gage, California Neuroscientist rat study.
- Cyrus Raji, MD, PhD, University of California.
- Cardiovascular Health Study.
- Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, Neurocore Brain Performance Center & affiliate staff at John Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
Here’s what they found in their studies:
- Aerobic exercise doubles the amount of brain fuel. Jogging literally adds a second type of brain – Ketones. Normally, your body will seek out glucose as its primary source of brain fuel. When you engage in an hour or more of aerobic activity, your body will run out of glucose. Once exhausted, it will then begin to break down fat into keytones. Ketones are a secondary, last resort so to speak, way for fueling the brain.
- Aerobic exercise increases the number of new brain cells that are produced in the dentate gyrus, thus increasing your capacity to learn new things.
- Aerobic exercise decrease the build up of beta-amyloid plaques. These plaques build up over time and are a trademark of Alzheimers. So, daily aerobic exercise reduces the prospect of getting Alzheimers.
- Aerobic exercise increases the production of a protein called Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF). BDNF acts like Miracle Gro for the brain. It not only feeds new brain cells, it also feeds existing brain cells, making them stronger. Lastly, BDNF strengthens synapses, the connections between all brain cells.
- Aerobic exercise strengthens the immune system and reduces disease and illness.
- Aerobic exercise improves memory.
- Aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the brain. Moore blood flow = more brain fuel = healthier brains.
If you want to succeed, you must first build a solid foundation for success. Daily aerobic exercise helps you build a strong foundation and gives you the brain power to think your way out of problems so you can overcome the many obstacles that stand between you and your dreams.