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The Scientifically Proven Way To Increase Brain Power

05 Oct

Experts are finding that running could
reign supreme in growing and
maximizing our brain’s power.
One of your most invaluable organs is
cradled within your cranium and is made
up of billions of neurons. The brain is
the crucial conductor of your daily life.
We rely on our brains for everything
from the simplest of tasks to the most
complex navigation to success. Those
people who develop superior
functioning are positioned with a clear
advantage. Yet for years little was
known about strengthening and
increasing the brain’s power.
In the 1990s, scientists at the Salk
Institute for Biological Studies first
discovered a strong correlation between
exercise and brain power.
This past February, The Journal of
Physiology posted a new study that
builds on those findings and may prove
that not all exercise is created equal
when it comes to brainpower.
Researchers found that various forms of
exercise produce different levels of
neurogenesis (growth and development
of tissue) in the brain.
Running, compared to other forms of
exercise in this study, reigned supreme.
The more a subject ran, the more new
cells were created in the brain. There
was also a significant increase in neuron
reserves in the hippocampus, the part
of the brain in charge of memory and
learning.
For me, running has long been a passion
and a daily ritual. The benefits from
lacing up extend far beyond measured
body fat. It’s a release, a stress reliever,
a time to think and recharge. The highly
addictive endorphin kick runners
experience keeps many of us constantly
craving more.
The increasing pressure for success in
the business world often is
accompanied by a constant, taxing
mental roller coaster. Running offers an
aid for mental stability and now has
been shown to charge and grow your
brain in ways that were otherwise
unknown.
Here are four tips to build a successful
running habit:
1. Fitness trackers
Fitbit, Apple iWatch, and Garmin have
upped the bar on the amount of data
analyzed and recorded, allowing you to
mark and achieve new running goals.
Many people don’t know that you can
even use your iPhone without an added
device by accessing the free, pre-
installed Health app, which tracks your
distance and movement.
As someone who loves data, these
trackers have allowed me to add a level
of gamification to training, keeping even
the most mundane workout interesting.
2. Community
Tools such as Strava provide the ability
to track and globally compete with both
friends and complete strangers. They
also offer one of my favorite running
tools for those of us who spend a lot of
time traveling: crowdsourced running
routes.
Every time I find myself in a new city, I
fire up the app to find the best routes.
It takes me off the beaten path and
allows me to discover great local gems.
3. Apparel
In addition to the traditional running
apparel companies, new brands have
excelled in catering to fast growing
markets.
Hoka One One developed funky looking
shoes specifically designed for long
distance and trails. The brand, owned
by Deckers, has grown at a phenomenal
pace and quickly earned a spot on the
feet of many trail enthusiasts, like
myself.
Brands such as Oiselle and Athleta’s
new Sculptek recently revolutionized
the world of women’s running apparel
with superior products that not only fit
a woman’s body but also have an
emphasis on technical performance. In
the past, many brands focused on
aesthetics over performance, leaving
many of us more uncomfortable from
our poorly fit shorts than from the
hours of interval training.
4. Inspiration
Social media has become a great outlet
to get inspired by running experts. I
personally follow Kara Goucher, Bart
Yasso, Josh Cox, Dean Karnazes, and
Lauren Fleshman (her article “I Run Like
a Girl” remains a favorite).
Nothing will get you more excited to
lace up and hit the pavement than
hearing others talk so passionately
about the sport.

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Posted by on October 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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