A couple of years ago a Doctor advised that to improve brain function. A simple trick to improve brain function that only requires an important decision to be made.
In order to improve the brain function, all that is necessary is simply an increase of the blood flow for 20 consecutive mins, 5 day a week. The rate of the increase was shared, but quickly forgotten. If anyone reads this who knows the rate required – please share!
The Important Decision
The decision to act upon the information, is the hard part of the equation! A conscious choice to exercise for a continuous 20 mins per day 5 days a week, is not easy. Running was the suggested mode of exercise, and running is the least favourite exercise I know! However, the suggestion came as a requirement therefore adherence followed.
A Strange Development
From fairly early in the new regime an unexpected and surprising improvement became apparent in the brain’s function-ability. It took a long time before recognition of the link between the exercise and the improved brain function. Eventually however, recall of the Doctor’s advice surfaced, and answered the inexplicable improvement. At the time of writing, the running has continued for 18 months. Now there is an element of enjoyment in running! Not only after the run, when the feeling of a relaxed, physically spent contentment first became apparent. (Possibly attributable to the realization that the run is over…). But now I also enjoy the feeling of exertion during the run – at times. Even before starting the run there is an anticipation of the feelings it will generate.
This will be related to endorphins, no doubt. The chemicals which are naturally produced in the body or brain. These are ‘feel good’ chemicals which are healthy, and legal! Not to mention increased confidence that accompanies better health and fitness. Also the gain in physical abilities such as balance and coordination aid in the gain of confidence.
The doctor’s advice to improve brain function has turned out to be instrumental in a number of aspects of life. There is more achieved by the more active brain. Systems need to be adhered to in order to allow time for the exercise. This in turn requires more discipline and structure in planning day to day activities/chores. The use of a good planner has helped immensely!
So regular exercise is now the To Do task which needs to be factored into the plan for most days! A highly recommendable practice for anyone who wants more from their life! Please share how this works for you!