Get a Check Up From the Neck Up
Here’s some good news… the creation of new brain cells is a lifelong process.
When it comes to your brain, it used to be widely accepted that growing new neurons was as likely as growing new legs.
But, current studies discovered that during adulthood, about 700 new neurons a day are being generated from a backup supply of stem cells in the brain (particularly the hippocampus).
Remember, these neurons are important for keeping your memory sharp and the brain engaged.
What’s best way to stimulate new neuron growth? Simple.
Exercise. Particularly cardio.
Start by adding today’s 10-Min cardio routine to your repertoire! Shuffles, speed work, and spidermans are just a few of the components of this short and effective cardio routine. This fast-paced workout will get your heart pumping and is designed to give you maximum fat-burning results in minimum time.
An effective cardio workout is called “fuel for the mind” because it releases chemicals that trigger neurogenesis (which basically means creating new brain cells) and enhances the thickness of certain brain areas.
What we do with our bodies and how it affects our brains has redefined the way that we think of mind/body connection.
A lot of this boils down to “neuroplasticity.”
Neuroplasticity is about training your brain, and how your brain can actually rewire itself in response to certain experiences.
Humans are creatures of habit – right? So the older we get, the more habits and patterns we form. In many ways, our brains are similar to the Grand Canyon.
Our thoughts and habits are the Colorado River, flowing constantly, creating new pathways that ultimately shape this incredible natural wonder. Your thoughts have the same effect on your brain as the Colorado River has on the Grand Canyon.
We’ve established these pathways that have become automatic – whether they’re about fear or anxiety – and what we’re seeing now is that, unlike the Grand Canyon, you can reprogram your brain – and it all starts with exercise.
The key is to maintain your regular exercise routine. But, sometimes you’re just not in the mood. When you’re feeling in a slump and lacking motivation to get moving, press play on this 10-min inspirational audio. In no time, you’ll be lacing up your shoes and feeling inspired to exercise.