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  • #106055
    Norman
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    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/” class=”bbcode_url”>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” class=”bbcode_url”>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 ?

    #118038
    volleyball_man
    Participant

    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…

    #118039
    Norman
    Participant

    Cool, thanks for your input vbm !

    About what I wrote :

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    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 :)

    #118040
    volleyball_man
    Participant

    Not sure I can be any smarter.

    Or is that “any more of a smart-ass?”

    Don’t answer that!

    #118041
    Norman
    Participant

    😆

    #118042
    orly
    Participant

    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!

    #118043
    volleyball_man
    Participant

    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!

    #118044
    zorg
    Participant

    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.

    #118045
    imported_Admin
    Participant

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

    #118046
    Norman
    Participant

    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” class=”bbcode_url”>http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/showers.html

    #118047
    scumdogg
    Participant

    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-bath-babies.html” class=”bbcode_url”>http://skievat.blogspot.com/2009/06/ice-bath-babies.html

    #118048
    Norman
    Participant

    Excellent, now that’s hardcore 😈

    #118049
    zorg
    Participant

    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.

    #118050
    scumdogg
    Participant

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

    #118051
    zorg
    Participant

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

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