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Cognitive Benefits of Working Out


#1

The Jan 2011 issue of Psychology Today has a bit about the cognitive benefits of workouts. Among the points it makes are that workouts increase blood flow to the brain and increased levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which encourages the growth of neuronal connections which are key to learning and memory.


#2

Working out cures cancer too.

BOOM!


#3

It'll make your dick work again.


#4

The evidence has been mounting over the past year or three about the neuroplastic changes that occur when working out. Kinda surprising this is just now hitting the mainstream. Pretty common sense when you think about it. The first improvements that occur in the periphery when starting an exercise program are more through neuronal efficiency than due to mass gains. Why wouldn't it occur in the CNS as well? The body gets more efficient in response to the demands imposed on it.

"It's science" -Ron Burgundy


#5

"Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't. " ~ Legally Blonde

Yeah, that's about the only thing I remember from that movie when I saw it in high school.


#6

Science, helping big people to debunk the meathead stereotype.


#7

magna cum laude for brain and dick working at the same time