Health is best maintained through a combination of colorful foods and vigorous activity.
Functional exercises are recommended because they fully engage the body in its full range of movements.
Hindered movement is caused by arthritis, overuse and inactivity.
Functional exercises correct hindered movement and the natural anti-inflammatory compounds contained in colorful foods, prevent it from getting worse.
Exercise improves muscle tone, posture and appearance.
The heart and lungs pump and deliver more oxygen and blood to exercising muscles.
What is now just becoming clear is that exercise trains the brain as well.
Exercise strengthens the body and causes a surge of blood to flow through the brain, which flushes out debris and the malformed products that build up inside its blood vessels.
By doing so, exercise improves memory and emotional wellness.
Combined with specialized antioxidants that can pass through the blood-brain barrier and neutralize free radicals in the brain, exercise can delay the onset of senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Protecting the brain from dysfunction means training it.
Athletes need to be aware of the the brain-muscle connection and utilize exercises that combines balance and coordination with strength training.
They are quite simple to execute and involve coupling a motor skill to a coordination task.
The cerebellum is connected to the cortex, the area of the brain responsible for higher-level thought processing, via a network of nerves.
Exercise can improve brain performance by boosting memory and increasing processing speed.
An average brain contains over 100 billion neurons with half of them located in the small section of the brain known as the cerebellum. This small area is located at the base of the brain and is the area responsible for balance, coordination, cognitive learning, muscle timing, problem solving, and posture alignment.
On the other hand, the area responsible for voluntary physical movement or motor cortex, is located in the frontal lobes.
This means that conscious, physical movement is controlled in one part of the brain while balance and coordination are regulated in another.
Since conventional exercises only work one area of the brain, the motor cortex, it is critical to work or train the cerebellum as well in order to prevent it from becoming dysfunctional.
Coordinated exercises can stimulate both the motor cortex and the cerebellum.
Well-designed exercises incorporate a movement with balance or coordination. For example, a bicep curl linked to a heel raise, stimulates both brain areas whereas a bicep curl alone does not.
With this type of exercise, four different areas of the brain are stimulated.
These are the cerebellum, basal ganglia, (motor-coordination) the motor cortex and the hippocampus (responsible for learning new movements).
These exercises stimulate the brain and cause an increase in the formation of neurons called neurogenesis. This increases the amount of functional connections between synapses and dendrites. Since there are now more of them, the transmissions of impulses between neurons speeds up.