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Can Your Cardio Workout Boost Your Brain Power? You Bet! - By Gail Kasper

Gail Kasper, Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker

 

 

Everyone knows that exercising is good for your body. But can exercise actually make you smarter? Absolutely it can! When you think about it, this makes sense. A good cardio workout gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing. Increased circulation means more oxygen to your brain, resulting in a boost in brain power.

 

 

An April 2012 article in Men’s Health noted that, according to research, working out before engaging in a mentally challenging task – like taking a test – results in increased brain activity, particularly in the areas of memory and attention. And the effects are seen immediately. A good cardio workout improves your ability to process information right after you exercise.

 

 

At about the same time, The New York Times published an article stating that exercising encourages the creation of new brain cells. The article also reported that a study done on mice shows that those who exercised regularly on a running wheel over several months had improved brainpower compared to the mice who did not exercise.

 

 

These articles indicate that cardio workouts yield immediate and long-term benefits for your brain. Use this information to your advantage. Establish a regular exercise routine to help your mind stay focused and alert.

 

 

In addition, schedule an invigorating workout right before tackling a mental challenge such as writing a speech or learning something new related to your job. Exercise will help you approach the task with a finely tuned, sharp mind. It’s a quick and fun way to grow smarter!

 

 

Resources: “The Aristocracy of Cardio,” Men’s Health, http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/running-brainpower “How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain,” The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/magazine/how-exercise-could-lead-to-a-better-brain.html

 

About Gail Kasper:

Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a  small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail  is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the  nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice  columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008,  and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the  "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast  morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography  Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To  Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps  To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include  Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and  Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media  personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly.  Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has  also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC,  FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com 

 

This article is courtesy of the Top 1% Club and the Top 1% Club Mentor Gail Kasper. For additional information on Gail Kasper, her television appearances and speaking engagements, please visit gailkasper.com.