Posted by: Tony Carson | 13 September, 2007

A different look at exercise, its for the brain, too

Exercise is good for you. Duh! But why? What does it actually do to your body and with what effect?

Dean Ornish, the food guru (fat-free diet) has an interesting article, Sweat Your Way to a Bigger Brain, that provides a little insight into the otherwise simplistic cliches that we’ve been fed for the past 20 years. And his information is encouraging.

Reading the article reminded me of the cigarette smoking issue back in the ’60s. The medical message then was that a smoker would never recover from the damage he was doing to his lungs, so, the message went, don’t start smoking. Fine. But I was smoking so, damn, I’m screwed anyway so I might just as well keep at it.

That changed, of course, and so did I.

Ornish’s message is similar in that he’s saying reasonable exercise is beneficial to mind and body in a host of building-block ways, no matter how old you are. In other words, it’s never too late to get started.

It’s an encouraging read.

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