Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Physical Exercise Grows Your Brain

Current Weight: 217 lbs
Body Fat: 30.2%
Exercise to get smarter

New research is showing that exercise beneficially affects your genes, helps reverse the aging process at a cellular level, gives you more energy, makes you smarter, and may even help you grow so many new brain cells (a process called neurogenesis) that your brain actually gets bigger.

So does improving your nutrition. A diet high in sugar and saturated fat diminishes neurogenesis, whereas other foods increase it, including chocolate (in moderate amounts), tea and blackberries, which contain a substance called epicatechin that improves memory. Small amounts of alcohol increase neurogenesis, whereas larger amounts decrease it.

For more information, check out Dr. Ornish's article at Newsweek.

Jump Rope: 100 reps
Tae Kwan Do: 1 hour
Panther Stretch Push-ups: 3 x 10 reps
Atlas Push-ups: 3 x 10 reps
Chest, Abdominal, Tricep DVR: 3 x 10 reps
Lierderman Chest Press: 3 x 10 reps
Rope Pull: 3 x 10 reps

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