ISBN : 9780190051044
Acclaimed neuroscientist Gary Wenk reveals the fascinating impacts of exercise on the brain Decades of research demonstrate that regular modest levels of exercise improve heart and lung function and may relieve joint pain. Regular daily exercise will help your body to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation, and many of these benefits are a consequence of reducing the amount of body fat you carry around. Your body clearly benefits in many ways from regular exercise. Does your brain benefit as well? Does regular exercise positively affect brain function? Does our thinking become faster because we exercise? Does running a marathon make us smarter? Dr. Gary Wenk's goal is to provide a realistic perspective on what benefits your brain should expect to achieve from exercise. Your Brain on Exercise skillfully blends scholarship with illuminating insights and clarity. Without requiring any specialized knowledge about the brain, Your Brain on Exercise entertainingly illustrates the intersection between brain health, the consequences of exercise, and our need to eat in an entirely new light. An internationally renowned neuroscientist and medical researcher, Dr. Wenk has been educating college and medical students about the brain and lecturing around the world for more than forty years.
Part I: The High Cost of Exercise
1. Learning From The Biggest Loser
2. The Devil Is in the Details
3. A Long Time Ago
4. Making Energy for Exercise
5. Exercise Requires Eating and Breathing
6. It's Not Good to be a Male
Part II: Your Brain on Exercise
7. BDNF: Much ado about something?
8. Muscle Signals to Your Brain
9. The Paradox Molecule
10. A Few Facts About Your Brain
11. How Your Brain Responds to Exercise
12. Exercise for the Depressed Brain
13. Exercise for the Child's Brain
14. Exercise for the Chemo Brain
15. Exercise and Pain
16. Exercise for the Injured Brain
17. Diet and Exercise Following Brain Injury
18. Exercising the Older Brain
Part III: Why Exercise?