It’s Tuesday and here's another sneak peek at practical, quick and dirty fitness tips from this week’s Get-Fit Guy article.
Each week, over at the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, I produce a free, easy-to-read article, accompanied by a short 5-10 minute audio version of that article. Everything there is focused on the latest fitness research, exercise news, and quick and highly practical muscle gain, fat loss and physical performance tips. It’s called “The Get-Fit Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips To Slim Down & Shape Up”.
Here's your sneak peek from this week's article What Form Of Exercise Makes You Smarter?
In the episode An Exercise Trick To Make You Smarter, I introduced a compound called Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, or BDNF, which is a protein that acts on neurons in your central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) to help your existing neurons survive and thrive and also to encourage the growth of new neurons and neuronal connections (also known as “synapses”). In that episode, I recommended making the BDNF flow by fitting in an aerobic 20-45 minute run, bike ride, or other bout of cardio on the morning of any day in which you have high intellectual demands.
Then I recently tweeted:
“Here’s why I like to go on a nice easy walk, simple nasal breathing jog or bike before a big cognitive task or speech: http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/exercises-instant-brain-boost”
So what got me so interested once again in exercise and your brain? As you’ve probably guessed if you’re a long time reader or listener, it is, yes, a new study. Let’s dive into what that study discovered, then you’ll a few quick and dirty tips on using intervals, weight training, and cardiovascular exercise to increase BDNF and elicit a few other brain boosting effects too.
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