Part one of this two-part series saw us discuss three key ways in which joining F45 Training in Seattle can change your life. We don’t say it will change your life, because there’s a whole lot of work to be done after you join the gym. But the important thing is that it’s a huge first step, joining our functional training gym in Northgate, Queen Anne, or the Central District in Seattle.
But, back to the aforementioned three changes. Getting in great shape through a group fitness program can increase your energy levels, leave you with less negative stress, and build your self-confidence up in a very tangible way.
As we mentioned in part one, there is plenty more you stand to gain when you join F45 Training in Seattle. Of course, you’ll look and feel great after getting incredible workouts in with our HIIT classes, but we aren’t just talking about being proud of your six-pack and enjoying some endorphins. We’ll take the analysis a layer deeper in today’s blog, so buckle up, we are about to dive in!
Did you know that working out can improve your focus in a substantial way? Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscientist at New York University, discovered that just 50 minutes of aerobic exercise can dramatically increase one’s ability to focus on a range of tasks. This is likely due, in part, to aerobic activity resulting in fresh oxygen being carried to muscles throughout the body, flushing away lactic acid and carbon dioxide. To be clear, these effects are only short-term, and usually last between 30 minutes and two hours.
“Exercise is the most transformative thing you can do for your brain,” she said in her talk. “A single workout can improve your ability to shift and focus attention,” Suzuki told Business Insider.
So you can take an F45 HIIT class over your lunch break and give the best presentation of your life at your afternoon business meeting!
If focus is a short-term benefit of exercise, improved memory would certainly be a long-term virtue. Regular exercise helps cells to regenerate in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that plays a significant role in both short- and long-term memory.
More specifically, Suzuki found that exercise helps in the production of a growth hormone known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF. BDNF is critical in the formation of new brain cells and the synapses connecting them. BDNF also protects acute areas of the brain from the damaging effects of long-term stress. Suzuki explains, “The mechanism by which exercise is protective is not fully understood, but even in animals that are in terrible levels of stress, running on a wheel brings memory and brain function back to more normal levels.”
Sticking with Suzuki’s remarkable work, let’s go back to the hippocampus for a moment. Suzuki notes the importance of the hippocampus in relation to creative thinking: “People with damage to hippocampus have difficulty imagining novel experiences they never experienced before. It’s a striking impairment,” she says. “We didn’t appreciate the function the hippocampus seems to be playing in imagination and future thinking.”
Because imagination and future thinking are components of creativity, Suzuki postulates that exercise can benefit one’s creativity like it does with memory and focus. While this has yet to be proven in scientific research, we wouldn’t bet against Dr. Suzuki’s hypothesis at this point!
While improving your risk against serious health conditions is more commonly known than what we’ve addressed above, they are certainly worth mentioning before we wrap up part two here. If you’d like to lower your chances of getting heart disease, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s, dementia, high blood pressure, diabetes, or a host of other illnesses, establishing a consistent exercise routine (at F45 Training or elsewhere, for that matter) will help decrease or maintain your current risk levels for such diseases.
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We hope you enjoyed part two of this series as much as we enjoyed writing it for you! We’d love to get the chance to tell you a little bit more about F45 Training and the amazing community we have. We offer cardio, resistance, and hybrid HIIT training classes, all of which are rooted in functional fitness to unify the muscle groups of the body to help you move and feel stronger.
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