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Quantifying the effects of physical exercise on cognition

  1. Feb 15, 2017 #1
    We all know that there's plenty of evidence showing that exercise does benefit cognition.


    The real question is how can I actually use this in practice to get real world results.

    So if I spend 8 hours a day studying a certain subject/trade, would I be better at that subject if I did 7hrs study and 1 hour exercise? Would the exercise more than make up for the lost time studying?
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  3. Feb 17, 2017 #2


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    If we knew that, you'd probably get a lecture from your doctor during each visit that was more than, "Get more exercise". :wink:
  4. Feb 17, 2017 #3
    Robert Thayer, who died not that long ago, was fairly well known in psychology as a pioneer in studying how people can better regulate their mood & energy level (and thus their alertness & ability to concentrate) through eating well and exercising in small doses during the day. He also studied why some people dislike exercise and how they can get around that barrier. This was his most recent book; the first few chapters focus on the studies he did, however later chapters provide self-study & self-help guidelines you might find useful.

    Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise, by Robert E. Ph.D Thayer - https://www.amazon.com/Calm-Energy-.../ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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