This semester the Instructor Development team is reading "Brain Rules" by John Medina. Once a week we'll take turns posting a small blog post here in the community to share some of the lessons we are learning as a team. We'd love it if you read along and/or joined in the conversation here in the community. The BYU-Idaho Library has several digital copies of the book available, click here for the ebook.
Rule #1: Exercise Boosts Brain Power
- Early humans walked and ran up to 20 kilometers a day. Human cognitive skills were forged in the furnace physical activity.
- Examples like Jack La Lanne (Jumping Jacks) and Frank Lloyd Wright are examples of those who have aged with very sharp cognitive skills.
- Research shows that exercisers outperform couch potatoes in just about every mental test.
- The gold standard remains that 30 minutes of exercise, 2-3 times a week is ideal. Adding strength training added to the cognitive benefit.
- Research is showing that exercise fights the disorders such as depression, dementia, and Alzheimers.
- A little exercise goes a long way. Any form of exercise just twice a week and the benefits start to show themselves.
- Exercise is like building and improving a road infrastructure for your body. The more you exercise the more you get your blood flowing and delivering services to the various organs in your body. That includes delivering vital nutrients and removing waste.
What about you? What do you do for exercise? What cognitive benefits have you seen in your life and in the life of your students as a result from exercise? What goals have you set for yourself for exercise this year?