Pump Up Your Neocortex: Exercise for your Brain

June 8, 2013

Some Summer Fitness Tips

from

Optimal Performance MD

  • Make your fitness goals measurable:
    • Use metrics as surrogates for achieving your subjective goal, such as being happy with your physique. For instance, with resistance training, forecast some measurable goals that you want to reach at the beginning of a thirty-day training period, such as increasing the amount of weight you use or the number of repetitions you perform with a few of your regular exercises. For example, increasing the number of repetitions from 10 to 12 or the amount of weight by x number of pounds on your bench press, military press and biceps curls. These three exercises will serve as an adequate sampling of all the exercises in your repertoire to get a general measure of your training effect, or improvement in your fitness level. Applying metrics will increase your chances of success in reaching your fitness goal simply by giving you a tangible means of recognizing it when you reach it.
  • Incorporate some Eastern (mind-body) exercises into your total fitness regimen
    • What distinguishes us Human Beings from the rest of the animal kingdom is our brain, specifically our neo-cortex. The human neo-cortex is the seat of abstract thinking. Examples of abstract thinking ranges from something as simple as knowing that an object, such as our mothers, still exist even when they are out of our visual field to the most incredible abstract thought in all human history to date; Einstein’s epiphany that energy and mass are really two different versions of a single entity related by his famous equation E= mc². Eastern Exercises such as Yoga and Tai Chi actually “pump up” the neo-cortex. If you think of the incredible things that we achieve when we flex our muscles, you can imagine the possibilities of what we can do when we flex our neo-cortices.
  • Nutrition: follow the fiber Here is a link to my overview on fitness and nutrition: F²C³-A Nutrition and Fitness Formula for Optimal Performance

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Mitchell R. Weisberg

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