Do you feel like your brain is tired — that it needs to rest? But no amount of rest feels invigorating? That’s because you don’t need to rest. You need exhaustion!
I always knew that I needed to keep my body healthy for my mind to be in peak performance. But I never understood why. Until I read this book: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
This book goes in-depth to why you need to exercise. I will not tell you that here; you should read the book — if you want to know. I’m going to tell you how you need to exercise so that your brain can feel fit and creative.
First, the routine
Find a way to do things daily. Not the same thing every day. Rotate what kind of exercise you do every day, but you need to have that daily exercise. It is no problem if you skip one day, just like it’s no problem for your body to not eat for one day.
Exercise is as important as eating.
Second, different kind of exercise
There are three main groups of exercises:
- Cardio: Aerobic exercise
Cardio, in-depth look
I think Wikipedia does describes it perfectly:
Aerobic exercise (also known as cardio) is physical exercise of low to high intensity that depends primarily on the aerobic energy-generating process. “Aerobic” means “relating to, involving, or requiring free oxygen”, and refers to the use of oxygen to adequately meet energy demands during exercise via aerobic metabolism.Generally, light-to-moderate intensity activities that are sufficiently supported by aerobic metabolism can be performed for extended periods of time.
It comes down to this: breathing. All exercises are light intensity so that you only use oxygen during exercises. Your muscles don’t form any lactic acid. Those are formed when you do anaerobic exercises (exercise without breathing or with too little breathing, like sprinting), or you exercise too hard and can’t get enough oxygen to your muscles. Your body will break down ‘glucose’ to ‘pyruvate’ to be able to maintain the exercising. Visualize a rocket in space. It uses its own supply of oxygen.
Here is an example of a 15-min workout: