Benefits of Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise on the Brain

Joe Rogan. He’s a famous MMA Pay Per View announcer, comedian and has a famous podcast where he recently discussed the many benefits of exercise on the brain. I wanted to share two of them with you today, and if you have more time you can catch the entire episode here: #773 of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” as he interviews Dr. Rhonda Patrick. Before we can see the benefits exercise has on the brain, we should understand the two categories of exercise. Aerobic exercise is exercise you can do at a “conversation” pace, like long distance running or any exercise lasting longer than 20-30 minutes. On the other hand, anaerobic exercise is exercise that taxes you to the point where you have to stop and catch your breath. These are very quick, maximal effort exercises such as sprinting, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and Olympic lifts. The research of Dr. Patrick, and others, has shown that each of these categories of exercise has a very different; but very positive effect on your brain. Aerobic exercise stimulates what Dr. Patrick calls “Brain Drive.” Which causes a cascading release of norepinephrine, which stimulates the neurotrophic growth factor, as well as newneuron growth in the brain. This essentially builds new communication highways in your brain which take approximately two weeks to mature. Before this podcast, I had never imagined that my brain sees gains too. That’s one point added to the argument for a consistent workout routine. With anaerobic exercise, a different cascade effect ensues due to lactate buildup. The presence of lactate stimulates norepinephrine release which is then put to work to strengthen the connection of neurons you already have. Your brain’s ability to remember and learn is immediately enhanced by this “long term potentiation” and it makes you feel better and stronger right now. This is why most people often feel much better post workout. It is amazing how movement has profound effects well beyond our muscles. At The Factory, movement is a medicine. It nurtures and encourages our growth, and we aspire to bring that liveliness to you as well. Our hopes for you are similar to your goals: that you can build a strong body and a powerful mind. Don’t forget, we just opened our second location in Calabasas! Give us a call at 818.946.8043 to purchase a class package for our brand new gym! From The Factory Team, #FactoryMade