There is a scientific reason as to why our bodies feel so good when we exercise. When we move our bodies, our brain releases a hormone called dopamine, or the “feel-good” hormone.
Our brains work just as our muscles do: growing with use and withering with inactivity. The brain has the capacity to regenerate and grow throughout our entire lifespan. With exercise and neurofeedback, you create the most compelling way to ensure your brain’s continued growth and rejuvenation.
Children and adolescents need at least:
• 1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most or all days.
• Participate in several bouts of physical activity of 15 minutes or more each day.
• Avoid periods of inactivity of 2 hours or more unless sleeping.
Adults need at least:
• 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week OR
• 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (e.g. jogging or running) every week. AND
• Muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
Exercise can provide immediate relief for symptoms associated with stress – most notably, the physical and emotional symptoms. Exercise increases oxygen to the brain and has been shown to promote a healthy blood pressure. Aerobic exercise has been shown to contribute to lowering anxiety and promoting growth of the hippocampus.
How different exercises impact the brain and performance.
Prefrontal Cortex & Basal Ganglia Attention, switching between tasks, inhibition
Appetite regulation, cravings
Complex thinking, reasoning, problem solving
Memory and learning
Frontal Lobe & Insula Integrates thoughts and emotions
Regulates fear and anxiety
Inchworm Inchworm Push-Ups Tuck Jumps
Bear Crawl Mountain Climbers Prone Walkout Burpees
Plank to Push-Up
Flutter Kicks Side Plank Russian Twists Bicycle Crunches Sit-Ups Shoulder Bridge
Lunge Jumps Pistol Squats Squats
Single-Leg Deadlift Frog Jumps
Calf Raises Supermans
Diamond Push-Ups Arm Circles