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Exercise makes you smarter Duh!

Updated on June 12, 2015

Most people exercise for weight loss or cardiovascular fitness. They seam like intelligent reasons to exercise, they must have come to that idea while exercising. Exercise is like Miracle Grow for the brain to quote Dr. John Medina, author of the book Brain Rules. Dr. Medina has 12 brain rules and exercise is rule number 1. He says the BDNF proteins created from exercise promote the growth. It is nice to have science back up what we can totally feel.

A brisk cardiovascular exercise session first thing in the morning not only boosts your metabolism but increases your mental alertness. Another proven fact is cardio workouts increased blood flow to the brain and more blood flow increases capillary growth. Increased capillaries mean more oxygen delivered to the brain. This is all great stuff but please finish reading this article before getting up to exercise.

John Ratey MD. Another smart man named John wrote a book called Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. This book speaks to some of the same benefits as Brain Rules but adds more benefits. Spark talks about good effects of exercise on ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Wow it seams exercise can help about everything. Ok you can take a quick break from reading to do a couple of jumping jacks.

Done, great now here is what we need to do. If you do not work out now you need to join the intelligent revolution. Start slow if need be, just 15 to 30 minutes before your morning shower. It does not matter if it is a bike, treadmill, elliptical, or rower, find what you feel you can use. Please do not ask opinions on cardio equipment because everybody has a favorite. Listen to your body. Weather you need to loose weight or not start in the weight loss zone.220 - your age x 65% is your beginning weight loss zone. 220 - your age x 75% is your top weight loss zone, stay between those numbers to start.

Next make sure your school districts do not take away gym classes and recess. It would be great to push for a 5 minute cardio workout for the kids every 2 hours of class. I bet test scores would go up. That is another fact talked about in Spark; the Naperville,Illinois school district has a progressive Physical Education program and they test at the top of the U.S.

Good luck on raising your I.Q.


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      ghomefitness 7 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Good luck acaetnna, remember it takes 30 days to form a habit. Find a way to exercise every day, just a little, for 30 days and it is a part of your life and you will crave it!

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      acaetnna 7 years ago from Guildford

      Great information thank you. I really must begin my fitness programme right now!

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      ghomefitness 7 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Thank you Sherylou I am glad you found it useful.

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      sherrylou57 7 years ago from Riverside

      Very good information!

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      ghomefitness 7 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Thanks for reading and yes the video is great! Science guys usually are not funny.

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      Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      What a great article and title! I absolutely loved the funny video.

      I get my best exercise by brisk walking and have always used half of my lunch breaks and most of my coffee breaks to take a walk. It definitely boosts improvement and it's a great stress buster and mood elevator.

      Thanks for sharing some practical info in a humerous way.

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      kephrira 7 years ago from Birmingham

      interesting stuff

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      ghomefitness 8 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Thanks Lgali and firststepsfitness I feel strongly about the subject. I can feel a diference when I don't work out.

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      FirstStepsFitness 8 years ago

      Very interesting article ....good points well done :)

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      very informative article