Monday, July 6, 2009

Brain Power

12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, & School

I've stumbled across a book that has documented what's really going on inside my head - and that's something that I've been wondering about for a long time!

In "Brain Rules," molecular biologist Dr. John Medina shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In a series of 12 chapters, he describes a Brain Rule - what scientists know for sure about how our brain works - and then offers transformative ideas for daily lives. The book is a great resource by itself, but Medina has also gathered some great supporting resources available at In a short video presentation for each section, he gives background information, research documentation, and a personal summary of the topic.

I'm going to pull out a few of the Brain Rules this week, and hopefully pique your curiosity so that you want to dive into a little bit of research about your own brain, understanding how it really works - and how to get the most out of it.

Rule #1 - Exercise boosts brain power

  • Our brains were built for walking - 12 miles a day!

  • To improve your thinking skills, move.

  • Exercise gets blood to your brain, bringing it glucose for energy and oxygen to soak up the toxic electrons that are left over. It also stimulates the protein that keeps neurons connecting.

  • Aerobic exercise just twice a week halves your risk of general dementia. It cuts your risk of Alzheimer's by 60 percent.
Want to know more? Check out this short video on "Exercise."

While we always have heard this, I'm putting it to the test. I've ramped up my personal exercise program (riding a bike) this week. Already I "feel" better, but I hope to also "think" better!

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