On this episode of HealthMade Radio, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt interviews brain researcher Dr. Jennifer Heisz. She shares paradigm-shifting research on how exercise affects the brain, finding that intervals of intense workouts or even leisurely walks help stop depression and dementia, lessen anxiety and ADHD, and encourage better sleep, creativity, and resilience.
In this episode, learn about:
Overcoming the Exercise hurtle
- The brain that is wired to conserve energy and voluntary exercise is perceived as an extravagant expense
- Sticking to exercise resolutions requires the principle of slow and steady
Improving Anxiety and Decreasing Pain
- Anxiety is the brain’s response to a stressor (present or imaginary)
- The impact of anxiety on the brain
- Why there is a perception of increased pain accompanies anxiety
- Neurochemicals resiliency
- Endorphins to improve emotional core
Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz is an expert in brain health. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University (ranked Top 25 globally). She directs the NeuroFit Lab, which has attracted over $1 million to support her research program on the effects of exercise on brain health. Dr. Heisz received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience (McMaster) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Brain Health and Aging at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital (Toronto). Dr. Heisz’s research examines the effects of physical activity on brain function to promote mental health and cognition in young adults, older adults, and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Many honors and awards recognize Dr. Heisz for her outstanding contributions to research, including the Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario and the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award. Her book is Move the Body Health the Mind
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About HealthMade Radio
In an avid pursuit of worldly knowledge, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt conducts weekly interviews on HealthMade Radio with global integrative health experts, scientists, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. These interviews are shared on our page to promote a community of health and education.
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