Lets be honest, the first thing on most people's agenda at the gym is to build a better bum, or maybe some bigger biceps. Then far down that list might be to build a better brain, the good news is though that could just be exactly what is really happening.
It’s been known for some time by Scientists that obesity can alter thoughts in animals. Past experiments with lab mice have shown that obese animals display poor memory and learning skills compared to their normal-weight peers. The force fed, activity starved obese mice do not recognize familiar objects or recall the location of the exit in mazes that they’ve negotiated multiple times. Pretty crazy eh?
In a recent study at the Medical College of Georgia Regents scientists wanted to determine if there was a difference in fat mice vs. fat yet fit mice and their memory. They started half of the obese mice on a daily 45-minute program of treadmill running. The other mice remained completely sedentary. After 12 weeks, the running rodents still weighed about the same as the unexercised mice. But they had lost significant amounts of fat from around their middle and had added lean muscle. More telling, they did much better on cognitive tests than the sedentary mice and, when the researchers examined tissue from their hippocampi (their brain), it showed little evidence of inflammation and robust levels of the chemical marker of synaptic health.
The results of this study suggested that “treadmill training normalized hippocampal function,” even in animals born to be fat and that remained heavy. Of course, these studies were conducted in mice, not people, whose brains may respond very differently. But the message is still clear. Moving helps keep brains sharp. Your daily run, workout, yoga class is not a selfish activity but a necessary one that will encourage you to be at your best for others around you.
I know that being fit has certainly helped me a lot in my life. Not only in my business but in almost every other area in my life I'm grateful for being fit.
I am SO looking forward to Memory Ball this year. Along with two Bod Squad superstars, Kat and Carolyn we made this workout video to help you prepare mentally and physically for the event! It has been a privilege to watch the gala grow, I know this year is going to be even better!