Exercise and neuroplasticity
I am often asked about the relationship between exercise and neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to change, to learn new skills, new thoughts, new emotions and new behaviors. So what does exercise have to do with that?
Exercise reduces stress, improves your memory, increases academic performance and boosts your immune system. Scientific studies suggests that physical activity facilitates neuroplasticity of certain brain structures and as a result cognitive functions. Exercise triggers processes facilitating neuroplasticity which enhances your capacity to respond to new demands with behavioral adaptations.
Very recent research suggests that exercise helps athletes recover from concussions. According to several studies, moderate exercise may help to restore the balance of the brain’s auto-regulation mechanism
Physical exercise increases blood flow to your brain and activates biochemical changes that enhance neuroplasticity. Exercise promotes new brain cells no matter how old you may be.
The studies also suggest that by combining physical exercise with intellectual exercise you can enhance both. The data also shows that you must maintain cardiovascular exercise to maintain the neurocognitive achievements.
Every cell of your body is designed with the wisdom
to respond positively to physical exercise
Your body was created to move
It used to be that in order to eat, we had to plant, grow and harvest our food. In order to drink, we had to haul water from the well. And we collected firewood to stay warm.
Today, we sit at our key board to work, we drive the car to the grocery store and we entertain ourselves with the remote control in our hand. Most people aren’t moving.
Movement is necessary for everything that your body does. Your immune system, digestion and even your reproduction system require movement that begins with your musculoskeletal system.
You can eat the perfect whole plant-based foods, sleep eight hours a night, and use only baking soda and vinegar to clean your house, but without exercise, all of these worthy efforts are diminished at a cellular level, and your optimal wellness is inhibited.
Every cell of your body is designed with the wisdom to respond positively to physical exercise.
How much exercise?
How much exercise do you need? Actually, not a lot, but more than what most people are doing. Exercise does not have to be strenuous. But if you walked (or other cardio activity) at least three days a week for thirty to sixty minutes each day. It will have a positive impact on your brain.
You need only about three hours a week of brisk walking to halt and reverse the brain shrinkage that starts in your forties. Studies show that exercise will increase your brain’s neurons and the connections between the neurons.
Combining the Greatest Expression of You and exercise
For the past three years, I’ve been combining the greatest expression of myself with exercise. When I am on my bike, in spin class, lifting weights, walking our dog, hiking in the mountains or walking to and from the ferry, I meditate on the greatest expression of myself and in particular, focus on memorizing joy. While waking our dog, my wife sings, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.”
The clients that I have suggested this to have all given me very good feedback. The result is that they are achieving a better workout and they are experiencing positive changes in many areas of their lives.
Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:
When moving my body I memorize being joyful.
Here is what Sam wrote in an email to me:
“Roger, I’ve been using your Greatest Expression of You process for the past six months. My wife and I have been meeting with you online for relationship counseling and you introduced us to this process.
I read my Greatest Expression just before I run. I bring to mind my greatest joy and focus on memorizing that while I run. With the Greatest Expression of Me in mind, with the joy in my heart, I Mentally Rehearse being my best self throughout the day. In particular, I Mentally Rehearse being my best self.
I am more patient, kind and loving with my wife and children. My business associates have shared with me that I am more willing to listen to them and hear their point of view when it is different than mine.
I’m sleeping better, my blood pressure had dropped and my blood sugars are now within healthy limits.
This stuff really works! Thank you!”
Get off the couch
I encourage you to get off the couch and move your body. If you can’t go for a 30 minute walk, then go for a ten minute walk. If you can’t walk for ten minutes, then get up and walk down the hallway and back. And, if you can’t get out of your wheel chair, then move anyway you can for as long as you can.
Here are some other activities that you can use to enhance becoming the Greatest Expression of You:
- Raking leaves, mowing lawn and shoveling snow.
- Walking your dog
- When washing dishes, dusting or scrubbing the toilet
- Playing with your children or grandchildren
With exercise, you can enhance your ability to rewire your neurology. Use every opportunity available to you to make your future greater than your past.
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