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Most of us (including me) dislike exercise so why post this?

For the past 25 years, I’ve been avidly exercising my body four to five times per week…because I’m afraid not to.  I went to the gym and now work out at home with the same frequency.  It’s not any easier for me but I still do it and am posting this because of the extra benefits derived. My initial thinking was the impact on my body and overall health, however the additional value of exercise for public speaking deserves attention.

According to neuroscientist, Wendy Suzuki, exercise has a transformative impact on our brains. That got me thinking about the exercise value for public speakers. As Dr. Suzuki points out, we create a neurochemical bubble bath when we exercise because we increase neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine that contribute to our feeling good. Of course, that’s an immediate effect but there are also long-term effects that are quite paramount. Some of these longer-term effects are stimulation of the growth of brand-new brain cells, particularly in the hippocampus.  Dr. Suzuki explains that the hippocampus is vital for long-term memory and the ability to focus.  She goes on to say that “You are literally resculpting your brain with exercise.”

If you’re asking yourself how much exercise is required, here’s more good news.  Dr. Suzuki suggests 30 minutes, 3-4 times per week.  She states that exercise can take different forms such as walking, yoga, taking the stairs, and even vacuuming.  The point is that movement is beneficial to us when it comes to increasing our brain function as well as protecting us.

Whether you like exercise or not, scientific research shows it has immense value. Therefore, please consider regular exercise as it will help you in numerous ways, particularly if you’re a public speaker.

Feel free to contact me to learn more about this topic or any other business communication questions that arise.  You can reach me at dale@profitablespeech.com or 518-664-6004.