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Friday, 13 March 2020

The Fourth Technique: Using the Body to aid the Mind

Did you read that right, you ask? Did I just say that you can use the body to aid your mind? How would you go about doing that? Well, it's actually very simple. The human being is a very complex organism and what affects the body can actually be seen to affect the mind as well, and is worth considering. Now, one thing that affects the body and mind is physical exercise. Think back to how you feel after an aerobics session - isn't your mind more clear, your thinking more defined, and your memory sharper? Yes, they are, and this is certainly one way to ensure that your memory works at peak capacity.
The Fourth Technique: Using the Body to aid the Mind
The Fourth Technique: Using the Body to aid the Mind

But actually, exercise can be more beneficial even than this. One thing about obesity is that it leads to a great reduction of blood flow to the brain. This deprives the brain of much needed nutrition and makes it sluggish and unresponsive. And the brain needs (and uses) a great deal of energy, so even a slight reduction of nutrients is enough to make it function inefficiently and ineffectively. Now exercise is instrumental in preventing obesity, as well as can reduce it's effects. If you're a little overweight and would like to have a better memory, consider that a session in the gym could benefit more than your body, but also your mind and memory. But there are even more ways in which exercise benefits memory.

For example, during and after an intense session of exercise, your pulse shoots up and larger amounts of nutrients than normal are pumped to the brain. This leads to a sort of 'energy high' in the brain. With so much additional nutrition to draw upon, the brain actually functions at above what it's normal peak capacity is, thus giving you that feeling of clear headed thought that you're familiar with. And there's a little secret - regular exercise can make at least part of this benefit permanent, and can make the effects of the exercise on your mind last through the day.

Not only will your memory be benefited, but you'll also find yourself capable of more original thoughts and ideas, which is bound to be of considerable use to you in your studies or career, and indeed in every situation in life. The ancient Greeks had a saying, 'A healthy mind in a healthy body.' It's a saying that holds true two millenia later, in a far more subtle, far more sophisticated, and far more difficult age.

Don't be bound to a desk, and remember that you are not just a mind, but also a body, and that both these are connected in such a way that one cannot be ignored in favor of the other. Keep the body healthy and your mind (and memory) will function much better as well.

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