Ep. 037 – Exercise With Someone

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Good morning and welcome to Episode 037 of the Train Your Brain Podcast with Dr. Michael Trayford. Every Monday we produce a 30-minute episode. Tuesday through Sunday we produce episodes with five-minute tips. Every episode of the Train Your Brain Podcast features a tip, so you can receive pointers 365 days a year that will help enhance the performance of your brain!

In Episode 037, Dr. Trayford shares another helpful exercise tip! If you want to compound your exercise efforts, try exercising with someone. The synergy produced by exercising with another person will add many benefits to your life socially, physically and mentally! Try it, and you’ll see results!

If you have any concerns regarding the information and applications discussed in this podcast, please consult your physician and a doctor who is experienced in functional neurology. Michael Trayford DC, DACNB is available for consultation by calling (828) 708-5274. Thanks for listening.

We’re gonna get right into it. This tip is something many people do, but many people also don’t do it. I’m usually one who doesn’t do this type of activity. That is exercising with someone. It sounds simple enough, but there are profound benefits from doing something like that.

Most people just kind of hop on their treadmill, do their thing, go to the gym, throw in their earbuds and do their thing.

I personally myself and there’s a reason that I don’t necessarily exercise with someone, because I use my exercise time as a bit more meditative time if you will. So I often like to burry myself in the woods, on a mountain bike or walking or hiking and really getting that exercising in nature component.

So as we talked about, these tips will vary and information will be practical to many and maybe not applicable for others. But in most cases exercising with someone can really have profound benefits.

Now what do you think some of those benefits might be Jason?

Jason: It seems like there could be the encouragement of having someone with you, because it’s really easy to just stay in bed. But if you have somebody you’re meeting up with, there’s a little bit of an unspoken social peer pressure and then you get up and go.

Exactly! That’s perfect. That social peer pressure, that positive peer pressure, is really a great thing and there’s also a competitive nature to things that happen. People can push each other to go that extra tenth of a mile or that extra ten miles, depending on what level they’re at.

Also that can cause them hopefully safely to lift a little bit more weight and push a little bit further through the wall than they are used to pushing. So that’s really important.

There is a social aspect to it as well. If you can actually get your exercise done, some people are often talking so much in the gyms that they’re not really getting their exercise done. But if you can get it done, the social benefits are tremendous.

This is something we’ll talk a little bit more about in future podcasts. But social interaction is critical to brain health and development. So if we can combine that with other activities like exercise, like eating, the compound effects are something we can’t even measure, but are incredibly beneficial to the brain.

So exercising with someone is a critical component, if you’re getting out and exercising in nature and want to be alone, that’s perfectly fine. Or you want to be with your dog, that’s social as well. So try to think about these different things. We talk about in these five-minute tips and also in the longer podcasts and see how you can integrate them into your life.

But really there’s a method to the madness and a reason behind everything we say it’s ultimately because it’s good for your brain.

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