We all know that exercise benefits our bodies. (We all do know that, right?) Improved muscle tone, greater strength, better internal systems–the list goes on and on.
Many of us also see a beneficial mood boost from exercise. For me, that usually translates to improved clarity of thought. I can sort out the trivial from the important, the controllable for the outside-my-influence, the real from the imagined and so on. Sorting things out always makes me feel better.
Just in case having a stronger, healthier body and a better disposition weren’t enough for you, there’s growing evidence that exercise makes you smarter! In fact, according to the NY Times (the referenced article):
“Exercise, the latest neuroscience suggests, does more to bolster thinking than thinking does.”
It’s all very science-y and involves neurons and tissue and mice (ick!), but the basic premise is that exercise generates new brain cells–not just any brain cells, but nimble neurons that light up for exercise AND for learning new skills and tasks. The combination of aerobics and neurobics makes us smarter.
Or if you’re in my age bracket, perhaps just slows the decline. That’s what I’m banking on.
In the spirit of this combination of physical and mental exercise, here’s a little challenge to complete along with your workout.
I start every morning by completing the Word Scramble in the local paper. (I’m something of a scrambled word savant; I usually complete the puzzle in a matter of seconds. Still working on turning that into a marketable skill.)
Anyway, I’ve taken some common fitness terms and jumbled them up. Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to unscramble the words. I call it…
I’ll share the answers later in the week. Or if you can’t wait that long (I wouldn’t be able to), just drop me an email.
With that, I’m off to generate some new brain cells with a nice walk!