Professor Wendy Suzuki on the Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise (TEDtalk)

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get up and MOVE!

Get inspired to go to the gym, or even better - get outside and take a challenging hike in nature or go for a swim or surf - as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory - and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. (source)

Every morning, regardless of the weather, I would go from the Boulevard St. Marcel, where I resided, to a bathing house on the Seine; plunge into the water, loop the circuit twenty-seven times and then walk an hour to reach Ivry, where the Company's factory was located. Nikola Tesla

While neuroscience and it's relation to exercise may not be the most exciting topic to many, you will still find this talk a lot of fun to watch as Suzuki is filled with vibrance and a zest for life that is easy to appreciate. In addition, she uses clear and easy to understand language and she does this with intelligent enthusiasm.

In a society of people who are glued to their screen and being constantly tempted by all the technological and medical advancements being made to "take the easy route" instead of changing the foundational issues in their diet or lifestyle, we need reminders of these simple things in life that can make such a big difference; and that we can do on our own without the need to rely on anyone or anything else. Exercise is one of them. Get that blood moving. It's empowering in so many ways!

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There is another way to change the brain that is worth noting because it is even more effective than exercise and this is scientific meditation. Unfortunately, most people are not yet aware of how to scientifically meditate and many times mistake it for 'partial relaxation'. They may gain more of a sense of peace from it but they will not be gaining the amazing benefits it can have on the brain. This is totally understandable as scientific meditation takes a certain level of physical fitness as it requires sitting with a good posture for long periods of time, in addition to concentration, consistency, will, and discipline. It's also most effective when done in quiet spaces with as little background noise as possible - where motion can be stilled and senses can be silenced. This is much easier said than done and is why recommending exercise now may actually be more helpful for many who are at that particular stage of development. 

One more thing - before watching this video, be forewarned, her positive energy is contagious! You may find yourself jumping joyously around by the time you get to the end of her talk!

 

VIDEO: The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki