Ep. 093 – Exercise in the Morning to Prime Your Brain for Learning

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Good morning and welcome to Episode 96 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 093, Dr. Trayford shares a brain training tip that you morning people will love! It will resonate with you. For those of you who aren’t exactly morning people this might actually help you be a morning person. The tip is to exercise in the morning to prime your brain for learning. Flood your brain with happy hormone reactions and feelings of accomplishment first thing in the morning and you will be a more delightful person.

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This tip is about exercising in the morning. Many of our listeners are proactive about exercising in the morning. I’d love to hear more feedback.
When do you like to exercise Jason?

Jason: I like to exercise in the morning, because when I get home from work in the evening I’m typically exhausted.

We’ve talked in the past about making the time instead of finding the time to exercise.

There is a place in Utah or California where they’re having kids go mountain biking before school. In the book Spark, Harvard professor Brady talked about the different aspects of exercise and brain function.

They found that when kids exercised concurrently with their school work they saw notable improvements in things like ADD, ADHD, diabetes and academic results.
What happens when kids are exercising for an hour before school. On going research in Boston from 2009 to 2013 they looked at kids exercising before school had kids coming off of Ritalin and other medications.

There are other aspects to it. Exercising in the morning helps some people clear out the cobwebs. We also know it boosts your metabolism. Most importantly you prime your brain for learning. Parts of the brain like the hippocampus and other parts of the brain related to learning tend to work better when you exercise in the morning. They work better and can better handle what you throw at them throughout the course of the day.

So really look at this, checkout the book Spark. Learn more about the nuts and bolts of the benefits of exercise and exercise in the morning.

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