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    Interesting research on the mechanism that may be behind the association between exercise and improved brain function, including how the brain's glycogen storage capacity can potentially be increased through post-workout fuelling.

    Phys Ed: How Exercise Fuels the Brain -
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  • #2
    An interesting read. It seems exercise is a win-win situation, you become healthier and in a way smarter.


    • #3
      Fascinating. I had no idea that the brain stores glycogen. Depletion of these stores could be another mechanism - alongside the known ones - whereby lack of carbohydrate availability can induce depression.

      Although the amounts stored are small, turnover is very slow (3-5 days for depletion - see Human brain glycogen content and metabolism: implications on its role in brain energy metabolism). Hence, as well as protecting the brain from hypoglycaemia in times of stress, could the level of brain glycogen be used as a sensitive indicator of glycogen levels in the muscles and possibly the liver? I also note that the 3-5 days depletion corresponds with good results from carbing up or calorie cycling about once a week.

      I like the idea that sprinting in workouts could help the brain load more glycogen to enable it to sprint when it's problem-solving.
      F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.


      • #4
        I feel great after I bang some squats out. I feel so good that I start taking an interest in other people and what they have to say.


        • #5
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