SMART JOCKSPosted by Prime Method on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 07:48
WTF is BDNF? It’s brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a substance that promotes tissue growth and health and develops innately in creatures that move regularly as part of their existence. These substances are important for endurance performance and drive brain growth. Studies are showing the more athletic of our early hunter-gatherer ancestors survived and passed along physiological characteristics, including elevated levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which migrates form the muscles to the brain.
So in case you needed another reason to move: robust body, robust brain.
The brain fascinates me. Obviously the beautiful athletic, strong, agile, sculpted athletes I see and train with take my breath away, (you know who I mean, honey), but mainly because they move intelligently and exude human potential. My father was a smart jock. He played professional football for the Buffalo Bills in the early 60’s. He also carried a 4.0 + GPA and retired from football to build an incredibly successful career as an engineer. My Coach, Scott Sonnon is a smart jock. Named in the National Fitness Hall of Fame Museum, the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the Personal Trainer Hall of Fame, he is also a member of MENSA. My nieces Blair and Meredith Evans, who both played high school soccer competitively, have parlayed their athletic drive, focused physicality and team awareness into successful college and post-college careers.
Movement has driven my brain growth. The way I see the possibilities in every moment, the potential in every client, and the connectivity of my resources: all of this is a result of how clearly I think and how optimally my brain functions because of movement.