Exercise Is Cognitive Medicine and Performance is Prevention

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I think exercise makes us smarter, but so do the scientists.   

I’ve felt for some time that peri-exercise and post-exercise “high’s” can shed light on solutions to problems that previously seemed unsolvable or overwhelming.  I’ve been stumped time and time again before heading into a workout, engaged in a workout, then come out of the workout with the solution.  

It’s magic. 

Whenever I hit writer’s block or cannot seem to find the words to describe what I am thinking about, a solid workout seems to help me climb over the hump. 

Most recently, during a couple of long slow runs (if I all else fails, lace ’em up and pound the pavement) while up north for July 4th weekend, I began thinking about how the benefits of purposeful movement extend so much further than just building beach bodies.  

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It goes back to the overall training effect of a workout.

I started thinking about how improving physical performance can have such a dramatic effect on your ability to ward off injury or chronic pain.  

Exercise can keep you pain-free.  You can bulletproof your body to unnecessary injury using simple tactics.

It’s so powerful.

Sure, exercise is just a small piece of the pie of life, but making an effort to move more adds years to your life with very little time invested.  It really doesn’t take much effort to initiate a noticeable shift in appearance and health markers.  In fact, I think most people are taken back by the simplicity of the overall process of establishing new levels of health and performance. 

At the very least, improving physical performance gives you the best opportunity to add years to your life, and make those years quality.  Moving through life in pain and negative effects of preventable disease is no way to live.  Adding quality years to your life is the goal.  

My simple advice is to learn which training methods and movements to invest your time in.  Doing so will pay dividends for the rest of your life.  It’s an investment that will pay you back whether you want it to or not.  “Do this, get that” kind of thing.  

Increasing performance-like qualities is prevention from injury and poor health.

I view training as an investment, and always have.  I’ve talked about leveraging quality workouts over and over again in the past.  It’s an investment in your physical and mental health.  The research on the effects that exercise has on long-term cognitive function alone are plentiful.  Besides the positive internal effects of that exercise has on or brains, persevering through challenging workouts and sticking to a long-term training regimen builds character.  

Here are some cool articles that I found regarding the effect that exercise has on your brain health:

1)  Regular Exercise Has Powerful Effect on Brain Health

2)  Exercise as a Behavioral Intervention

3)  How Exercise May Help Memory

The internet is jam packed with great articles like the one’s above.  If you get bored on a rainy day, type “exercise and brain health” into Google.  You’ll see get an insane amount of hits for that search phrase:

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There are so many positives byproducts that result from dedicating yourself to working out a regular basis, it is hard to imagine why we all aren’t flooding gyms, parks and trails to get our daily fix of movement.  

 

Cheers to keeping all of your fingers intact as we move through this 4th of July!

 

 

KG

 

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