Saturday, January 9, 2010

FLASHBACK: Exercising Makes You A Smarter Entrepreneur

I wrote this blog post in November 2008, but decided to re-post it since everybody is making their New Year's resolutions. It has some great reminders.

Studies have always shown that exercise is good for your body, but recent findings in neuroscience have shown that it's also good for your brain.

According to Kristin Wehner, a health and wealth consultant coach, "Bodies that exercise regularly stimulate brains to have higher levels of BDNF; brains with higher levels of BDNF have greater capacity for knowledge."

This, in turn, will help you to make better and wiser decisions as an entrepreneur. It will help you better recognize opportunities that will advance your company, and dismiss those that are time wasters.

Wehner continues, "... in the words of John Ratey, Harvard psychiatrist and author of Spark: The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain, BDNF is like 'Miracle-Gro for your brain'. Studies have shown higher circulating levels of thought-facilitating and mood-stabilizing neurotransmitters (namely, dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine) within an hour of exercising."

Even more, exercising will help you better deal with the stress that comes with running a business.

"...if you're feeling antsy, frustrated or you're having trouble concentrating, get up from your desk and get moving. It'll help you focus today, and, with enough days of activity strung together, before you know it, you'll be in BDNF city," she says.

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