Exercise effect on your brain ? [ + Cold Showers/Baths ]

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Exercise effect on your brain ? [ + Cold Showers/Baths ]

Post by Norman » Fri Jul 03, 2009 1:48 pm

Hi everybody !

I re-started this program this very monday and missed L1D3 today because of blisters. Vibram five fingers : you need to adapt before you can run with them ! I can barely stand right now. I'm sure I've broken some kind of record with these blisters I have, they're huuuuge. Anyway.

Lately, I've been fascinated by a book : Spark, by John Ratey ( book's blog: http://johnratey.typepad.com/blog/ ). It describes the effects of exercise on the brain. This book is really worth reading. In a nutshell : your brain changes however old you are ( it is called neuroplasticity), by exercising you produce chemicals that facilitate these changes.

Here's a talk by the author : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmc0ERKfjP0

So I'm wondering : have any of you guys noticed something about your mind, and if/how it has changed by following this program ?
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Post by volleyball_man » Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:55 pm

Yes.

I am a different person. I can't pinpoint exactly how. Of course - physically, I am reminded every time I see myself in the mirror or get the compliments I get about how I look now.

I'll checkout the blog. and maybe the book...

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Post by Norman » Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:31 pm

Cool, thanks for your input vbm !

About what I wrote :
your brain changes however old you are ( it is called neuroplasticity), by exercising you produce chemicals that facilitate these changes.
it's more like :

your brain changes according to your experiences whatever your age ( it is called neuro-plasticity), by exercising you produce chemicals that facilitate these changes.

But still, just read the book :)

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Post by volleyball_man » Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:30 am

Not sure I can be any smarter.

Or is that "any more of a smart-ass?"

Don't answer that!

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Post by Norman » Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:38 pm

:lol:

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Post by orly » Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:12 am

I study math at school, so I walk around with a problem in the back of mind most of the day. I've found that my most productive period of thought is in the shower immediately after exercising. It's a great incentive!

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Post by volleyball_man » Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:16 pm

orly. In grad school (math) I use to read theorems prior to sleeping. The following morning I'd wake up and the proofs would be written in my head! HA! Was easy!

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Post by zorg » Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:59 pm

Funny... If I need to solve a difficult problem at work, I have to increase my coffee input.

re working out: I guess working out hard lets you learn how to push yourself. Personally, I think I have improved on self-discipline and tenacity, especially compared with the me from a few years ago.

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Post by Admin » Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:18 pm

hunger is supposed to have a positive impact on concentration as well

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Cold showers

Post by Norman » Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:45 am

About showers ( orly mentionned them ) , you guys should try cold showers some time, they're great just after a workout.

Here's a website that compiles testimonies from people who have tried them :
http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/showers.html

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Post by scumdogg » Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:56 am

That reminds me of this video I saw a while back. Eva, of crossfit fame, and friend do a contrast bath (alternating ice bath and hot tub). Not family or work safe due to bathing suits and some comments in the vid (they are jumping into an ice bath after all):

http://skievat.blogspot.com/2009/06/ice ... abies.html

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Post by Norman » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:15 am

Excellent, now that's hardcore :twisted:

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Post by zorg » Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:36 am

I'm trying to get used to cold showers... but an ice bath could be a bit too tough for me. For the foreseeable future.

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Post by scumdogg » Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:15 am

The answer was in the video Zorg: lots and lots of wine :lol:

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Post by zorg » Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:18 am

That sounds doable! I'll start with the wine, then. ;)

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