It takes a certain kind of intelligence or madness to exercise consistently early in the morning, either way, the effect on the body and mind is the same, it increases physical and mental well-being.

On Friday morning I was talking to my senior’s class about exciting research into the link between increasing muscle mass and regeneration of brain grey matter thought to be responsible for intelligence.

To encourage my seniors to continue with their squats at home, I explained the benefits to intelligence found in the study resulting from exercising large muscle groups like the gluteus maximus (buttocks).

….Well…Doris (91 years old) remained unconvinced and said to me… “Darling…  don’t believe everything you read… how do you explain the Kardashians…”

The class roared with laughter…. the one thing all my students in fitness have in common is; they are considerably brighter than the average person and have a wicked sense of humor!

Here are three brainy reasons to keep moving based on a report aired on CNN July 2017:

  1. Boosts Mental Fitness: Inside your head, there are about 86 billion neurons constantly sending messengers to the rest of your body through chemical reactions via neurotransmitters. Moderate exercising such as easy squats was shown to increase the efficiency of these neurotransmitters and improve mood, sleep, memory, and even appetite.
  2. Banish Stress For Good: If you are always under pressure your brain releases a hormone call cortisol also known as the “fight or flight” response. Very handy if you need to escape a life/death situation. However in modern life rarely is it necessary to initiate an extreme physical reaction. Exercise engages the use of energy expected by the body when cortisal is released, thereby calming the brain and body. It is the reason you feel good after exercise!
  3. Age With Grace: With exercise the body and mind regenerate, rebuilds and restores its vitality for living. It is truly magical living well with fitness at any age, it is the reason I exercise daily. Olga Kotelko: was a 95-year-old Track & Field Champion who started when she was 77 years old!  Here is an interview with Olga

Exercising, particularly in the early morning gives you the ability to see the world through rose-colored glasses, and if you don’t believe me, I dare you to prove me wrong!

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Live well with fitness!

Written by Anna: Fitness and Nutrition Personal Trainer