Ep. 156 – Keep Your Exercise Routine Novel

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Welcome to the Train Your Brain Podcast! Today Dr. Trayford shares brain training tip number 156 which is to keep your exercise routine novel. If you have an exercise routine in place then congratulations! Now just be sure to keep it fresh and fun. Do the same routine for too long could and you could end up in a rut. You might lose interest. Try new things and keep your body active in new ways to extend your range of motion literally and figuratively. Thanks for listening!

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When people work out they can sometimes get into the same standard routine. It’s easy to develop a tendency to run the same day, the same way, the same distance, or go through the same weight lifting routine.

There are gyms now that specialize in novel training routines. At the same time there are some people who need to stick to a strict routine. This might be related to heart disease or certain types of musculoskeletal injuries or joint problems.

For the average person without any major health issues, keeping your exercise novel, is key to not only muscle, bone and joint health, but also for brain development.

Novelty is the cornerstone of healthy brain function. If you aren’t introducing new stimulation to the brain, it starts to perform with decreased activation.

An easy example is to look at walking, which is a popular form of exercise that a lot of people do. When you’re walking it’s a pretty simple pattern which doesn’t take up a lot of brain resources to walk. Of course this is different for someone with a brain injury or stroke.

You want to make sure that you’re mixing up your routines. It’s worth your time to find a personal trainer that specializes in, or is well versed in this area.

Mixing up your exercise routine also helps keep your stimulated and interested. When you’ve been doing something the same way for a while, it can get kind of boring and you start to lose interest. Also, if you’re just going through the motions on a particular exercise it increases your chances of suffering an injury.

Take for example bicep curls. If you do that exercise the same way all the time, your brain only understands that particular range of motion. If you start to deviate from that range of motion, you’re increasing your chances of injury, because your brain isn’t used to operating within that plane.

You want to make a conscious effort to move the weight through multiple planes of motion, within safe limits and with proper form. Doing certain types of activities like this, and making these modifications, need to be done with some additional supervision.

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