Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Want to Be the Smartest SOB in the Room

One thing that always bothered me as an athlete was that people called us dumb jocks. Now there might have been some jocks perhaps playing other sports that were not so smart, but everyone on our track team and cross country team were top-notch students, and trust me, we were not dumb jocks. Indeed, there may actually be something to this, because certain types of exercise actually boosts cognitive abilities to a large degree. Okay so let's talk about this shall we?
In the research paper; "Effects of acute bouts of exercise on Cognition," by Phillip D. Tomporowski of the Department of Exercise Science, University of Georgia, published on October 15, 2002 - it notes that exercising 60-minutes a day at varying sub-maximum cardio-vascular stress levels seemed to be the best for mental cognition, memory, and mental acuity, but over that +60-minute workouts, maximum stress levels, or exhaustive exercise leading to dehydration had a quick showing of cognitive decline especially on memorization.
It surely makes sense that if a human being doesn't stay hydrated while doing strenuous sporting activities or exercise, that they will be hurting their brains, rather than helping them. On the other hand if they stay hydrated, and don't overdo it, they increase their cardiovascular ability which also increases their blood flow, and their bodies work at optimum. Since the brain needs the body for energy, it makes sense that if the body has more energy to spare and is running more efficiently, the brain will also run at optimum. That makes sense, I'm sure we can all agree.
Therefore, whereas, it may be true that there are some dumb jocks out there, I would submit to you that there are quite a number of people who don't exercise who don't have a lick of sense amongst them. People who sit on their butts all day and don't exercise just do not have the quickness of the mind, the mental acuity, or the ability for deep level mental cognition. How do you think I know this? Well, some of it is personal experience obviously, but the rest is observed out in human society.
You see, I run a think tank, and I'm quite interested in why some people are so sharp, and their abilities and strength of their mind so strong while others can't seem to think their way out of a paper box, and yet claim to be so wise. If you are doing everything right, and exercising properly, you are already ahead of the game even if your IQ level is not at the upper end, you can still compete just fine. That's what I've noted when observing members of our think tank. And I thought I would share that information with you here today. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.