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Why We Exercise Our Bodies And Our Minds
Shaun Smith

Why We Exercise Our Bodies And Our Minds

When Mike and I played freshman football, coach Mike Burns used to always say, “Bookwork before footwork.” Of course Coach Burns was reminding us to do our homework before coming to practice, but lately we’ve been doing our footwork before going to work.

Studies have shown that exercise augments adult neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells in a mature human brain. According to a recent article in the New York Times, studies show an increase in as much as triple the amount of new neurons in the hippocampus, which is critical to learning and memory, in animals that exercise versus those that are sedentary.

Adults who walked for 40 minutes, three times a week for one year, experienced grown in the hippocampus, according to a study in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” In fact, adults that exercise regularly have more brain volume in older ages than those who didn’t, according to “Neurology,” the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Clark, Mike and I have been working to expand our hippocampus in our own ways. Clark coaches and trains with Berliner S.C. a rugby club in Berlin, Germany. Mike and I both begin our days with working out, separately.

Mike has been doing the 21 Day Fix and working out every morning in addition to changing his diet. I, on the other hand, just went back to the gym membership using a weight training routine put together by a good friend and doctor of physical therapy. I also just changed up my diet and put the Jack LaLanne power juicer on the shelf in exchange for the Nutribullet.

Has it worked? Well, in our own little study group we’ve reported decreased stress, increased happiness and energy and our suits are all a little looser these days. Together, we’re a leaner, tighter team that works better together. Plus, let’s be honest, as a bunch of dudes, it’s good for us to get away and blow off some steam.

Of course, it would be easier to just eat chocolate to help increase our brain power. With our preliminary tests showing positive anecdotal results, we’re going to continue our quest to be better teammates while still hearing the words of Coach Burns as we stretch before working out.

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