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This Is What Exercise Does to Your Brain

Friday, May 03, 2019

As many of you know, I have a difficult time maintaining an exercise regimen and so search out anything that might be motivating. I also have never experienced the endorphins that keep others on the exercise track, so was delighted to read this article: elemental.medium.com/thi

"If exercise were a drug, we would say its benefits were too good to be true. emoticon
Not only does it keep us healthy and help us live longer, it makes us smarter and happier, too. emoticon Working out can enhance memory, speed up reaction times, improve attention, and alleviate depression.

Every time you work out, your muscles, fat cells, and liver release a variety of molecules into the bloodstream... One of the most crucial changes is the release of BDNF.... BDNF is important for all of the basic processes related to learning and memory in the brain.

BDNF’s most remarkable effect ... the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus (is still unproven in humans) ... because there’s no clear way to measure the birth of a new brain cell without cutting open someone’s skull.

Exercise also changes the brain’s network of blood vessels (so) new blood vessels (may) form in the (human) hippocampus.

Anyone who’s felt a “runner’s high” ... has experienced the way exercise elevates neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and endogenous opioids. Researchers are less clear about how these changes start  (and) these neurochemicals (may) go up simply because exercise is rewarding.
('May' be my problem...) emoticon

So what type of exercise is best for your brain?
In practical terms, the best exercise regimen is going to be one that you’re enjoying and that can get you to go back the next day.”
Here's to finding what we enjoy enough to continue emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon everyday as we Intentionally Celebrate the emoticon of Life Daily; becoming "AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE AND APPRECIATIVE OF ALL that IS" while not letting doubt build mountains and practicing the “good medicine” of Gratitude.
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    A good reminder to move everyday
    820 days ago
    I am back and happy to see that you are still motivating the SP Community! Thank you!
    823 days ago
    The best exercise and the best meal plan are both the one you'll stick to the closest for the long haul. 😁
    824 days ago
    Thanks for sharing - hope you have a great weekend
    824 days ago
    Best wishes to you
    824 days ago
    Okay, I'm back. Read the article and keyed in on this particular passage:

    Anyone who’s felt a “runner’s high” — or just felt less crappy after a workout — has experienced the way exercise elevates neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and endogenous opioids (also known as endorphins), which are critical for regulating mood, motivation, and feelings of reward.

    In particular, the mention of endogenous opioids (also knowns as endorphins) leapt out at me. During a recent conversation with the nutritionist, she shared that dairy elevates the endogenous opioids (endorphins) in the body. Is it any wonder that some experience food addiction? Ingesting dairy elevates endogenous opioids? I was really surprised …

    Thanks for sharing another wonderful article.

    824 days ago
    I do not experience the exercise induced endorphin kick easily either. I have experienced it running and in other athletic pursuits . I have also experienced it simply sitting in my backyard marveling at the beauty of nature, looking into the eyes of a newborn baby, or following a meditation session.

    Seems to me that this is the key: "Researchers are less clear about how these changes start  (and) these neurochemicals (may) go up simply because exercise is rewarding. "

    Suspect this experience is likely associated with behaviors/experiences that trigger the reward centers in our brains. And, I don't consider myself to be a pleasure seeking person. Maybe that has something to do with not experiencing those endorphins?

    Now, I would consider myself a soul seeker and experiences that touch my soul? emoticon

    824 days ago
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    Thank you for sharing another great article.
    824 days ago
    Exercise for 21 days, it wilm become a habit you'll like.
    824 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    824 days ago
    So sorry you haven't experienced that endorphin kick! You are not alone, my son doesn't "get" it, either. Which makes me sad... but not sad enough to volunteer to give up the pleasure I myself get from it. emoticon

    So that means maybe a different kind of exercise, "what we enjoy enough to continue" for other reasons than the endorphin high! Hope you find it. emoticon
    824 days ago
    I needed this, thanks!
    824 days ago
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