Today’s guest is Dr. Jennifer Heisz. Dr. Jennifer Heisz is an expert on brain health. She’s an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University and directs a neuro fit lab which has attracted nearly one million dollars to support her research program on the effects of exercise for brain health. Dr. Heisz received her PhD in cognitive neuroscience and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in brain health and aging at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto. Her research examines the effects of physical activity on brain function to promote mental health and cognition in young adults, older adults, and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
We talk about what happens in your brain when you exercise, the mental and physical benefits of working out, the immediate versus long-term goals of exercising regularly, and so much more!
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What to Listen For:
- 00:00 Intro
- 01:14 Why is it hard to exercise regularly?
- 03:51 The neurological activity during exercise
- 06:14 Abusive drugs versus exercise on dopamine affect
- 11:01 Do something challenging when you’re having cravings
- 15:55 Some abusive drugs take more time to recover from
- 22:18 Exercises to lower your stress level
- 26:21 At what time of the day should you exercise?
- 31:04 Finding your sweet spot when exercising
- 34:16 The value of short burst of movement
- 38:01 When working out, don’t focus too much on the goal
- 42:39 Our moodiness breaks down our body
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