Move to Fuel your Brain!

jen brain power post

 

Did you know how powerful movement is in elevating cognitive function?  In fact, the World Health Organization names exercise as the number one intervention for preventing and reducing cognitive decline. Movement is like rocket fuel for the brain.  No drug can do what exercise does for the brain.

Here are just a few reasons to keep moving:

1. Enhanced cerebral blood flow
2. Elevated BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor). This chemical increases the number of neurons, enhances the connections between them (neurogenesis and synaptogenesis), and drives myelination, the wrapping of insulation-like myelin around neuronal sheaths to exponentially increase the transmission speed of nervous system signals.
3. Heightened integration of regions of the brain, elevating not only cognition, but also well being.  Dr Dan Siegel’s work proves the power of healing the mind and mental imbalances by integrating dissociated regions of the brain.
Add resistance, a conscious focus on alignment, muscle activation and technique, and increase these benefits exponentially! It’s wonderful to see the power of movement being recognized in contemporary medicine protocols, including 30-60 mins per day, 4-6 days per week, in Dr Dale Bredesen’s revolutionary work to prevent and reverse cognitive decline.  His bestselling book, The End of Alzheimer’s, outlines his RECODE protocol, and is highly recommended.

I have been fascinated by optimizing human performance since the time I was very young. Driven by the thrill of movement, I explored many kinds of movement, from competitive sports, to playing in nature and dancing.  With a dream of becoming a professional dancer, I was fascinated by the concept of optimal training techniques and how to accelerate brain activity in learning.  Intrigued by the world of neuroscience, in high school I did a research topic on optimizing human performance.  This is when I discovered the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and his concept of Flow, a highly focused mental state conducive to productivity.  I began to learn about Olympic athletes using visualization techniques to excel in their physical performance, by enhancing the neurochemical connections between the brain and the body.  This has been invaluable in my own life as a professional dancer, medical student, athlete and coach.  It is incredibly exciting to guide people to access the power of the mind to enhance movement, and vice versa, to learn to use movement to enhance the mind.

Move your body, empower your brain. Here’s to living with vitality!

Best to all,

Jennifer

Disclaimer; Coaching services and information on this site include education, guidance and tips on primal living and generally healthy movement.  I am not a medical doctor and services are not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for a diagnosis, treatment, or prescription that a physician, licensed dietitian, physical therapist or health care professional might recommend.

 

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