Love to Move: Exercise changes the brain and how it can treat anxiety
“Neural Plasticity is arguably one of the most important features of our biology” Dr Andrew Huberman
The concept of Neuroplasticity holds so much promise for recovery from chronic pain and tightness, treating depression and anxiety with exercise and improving the health and longevity of the human brain.
The new “Love to Move'' episodes are dedicated to being more in love with exercise. Today’s episode on Neuroplasticity and BDNF is here to aspire your exercise with groundbreaking science to embody a love affair with exercise. After all, exercising muscle does more than burn calories! Exercising muscle is a way to increase the health of your brain and recondition pain, anxiety, depression and muscle tightness.
Jennifer even shares how her mother’s battle with ALS helped her see the importance of how exercise can influence the brain, body and mind simultaneously.
- Through the lens of research that supports the muscular system's ability to have influence on the brain, mind and body, we can choose exercise that improves our ability to change and grow.
- ALS and Jennifer’s mission
- Meta analysis findings on exercise for depression and anxiety
- How lactic acid from exercise decreases anxiety
- Neuroplasticity with intention and attention
- How BDNF improves the structure and function of the brain
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