Get Sweaty and Get Smarter
The big benefit of a consistent program of exercise is the impact it has on the nervous system. Muscle strength, flexibility, fat loss, and greater endurance are the happy side effects. Immersion in a fitness program keeps the brain healthy and receptive to learning.
Anyone concerned with optimizing brain health needs to read Spark, by Dr John Ratey. In this book, he discusses how brain function is enhanced by the habit of exercise. Over the last nine years, more research has documented the positive effects of exercise on brain health and learning. Read the recent *article from the New York Times on how we learn language more readily if we exercise.
* How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language, Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, August 16, 2017
Michael S. O’Hara, PT, OCS, CSCS