Reading the New York Times Magazine last week I was excited to see an article about exercise and the brain. Before I could email my co-author and friend, Jeri Levesque she sent me a link to the same article. So now we see the Zen of Weight Loss meets New Brain Science.
As more people are affected by memory issues experts encourage us to read and learn in order to keep our minds sharp. Now, recent studies tell us that exercise does more for your brain than learning. The New York Times Magazine article “How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain” reports on exciting results in the world of brain science. In it they reveal,
“For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn’t just a relationship; it is the relationship. Using sophisticated technologies to examine the workings of individual neurons — and the makeup of brain matter itself — scientists in just the past few months have discovered that exercise appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhance cognitive flexibility. Exercise, the latest neuroscience suggests, does more to bolster thinking than thinking does.”
Jeri Levesque, EdD has said just this in our upcoming book, The Zen of Weight Loss. I’ve worked with clients for more years than I care to share, but never understood what was actually happening until Jeri said — Brains! That makes Jeri the brains behind the Zen of Weight Loss Program, and I’m brawn focusing on body mechanics and exercise.
Together we have built a program each individual can make their own. The goal of ZWL is to train you to better understand how your brain, mind, and body are synched and dependent on one another for life. We approach weight loss in terms of gaining fitness. Your healthy, active lifestyle is going to be the hallmark of mental, emotional, and physical changes that will redefine your sense of “me!”
As the title to chapter 2 states, Brains Matter in Fitness! Now we know fitness matters to the brain.