Last month I wrote a post, Staying Healthy in Medical School, which spoke about the importance of physical activity and cognitive strength.
This month, I want to continue the subject by mentioning another New York Times article. It cites a study with a small, homogeneous group that indicates the important connection between movement and healthy brain function. One New York Times reader commented that the study revealed “nothing new under the sun.” Perhaps. But, then why do so many office workers, business owners, and students, still sit for hours at a time, without a break of even a small amount of physical activity? I see it every day.
I was interested in reading a little more about the relationship between physical activity and brain power. A colleague suggested Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina. Dr. Medina is a molecular biologist who writes, not just convincingly on the subject of what nurtures our brain but, in a very enjoyable writing style. He devotes a whole chapter to how physical movement improves our brain function.
We have the ebook in our collection.
It is a good read. Just don’t forget to get up and stretch your legs.