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.
Not only does it keep us healthy and help us live longer, it makes us smarter and happier, too.
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...)
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
everyday as we Intentionally Celebrate the
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.