Improving Brain Function through Movement with Ryan Glatt
In previous podcast episodes, we have talked about ways to help with neuro-degenerative issues by utilizing special diets or functional medicine modalities. These are all great to improve brain function, but there are many other components to the process than just supplemental support and nutrition.
Ryan Glatt has been feverishly studying cognitive neuroscience and has been incorporating what he has learned to improve neurofunction based off of different exercise or movement modalities. He has been incorporating the use of different cues for different types of brain function, along with various training types that are more catered to what the individual needs. An example of this would be keeping the overall heart rate exertion of someone with anxiety under 80%. It is these individualized training protocols that are needed to greatly enhance the movement capabilities of the people we work with.
What is Neuroscience?
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system within the body. Most neuroscientists focus on the brain and its overall impact on cognitive function and behavior. Since the brain is extremely complicated, there are many subdivisions of neuroscience that study anything from behavior, to cognition, to cultural beliefs.
There currently are very few people who are connecting the cognitive and behavior aspect with movement quality. This is why talking with Ryan was so fascinating, because he is actually testing out different methods to see how different people react to specific modalities and cues.
What does this mean for you? Basically, different exercises and improve or limit your brain function. We as professionals need to start studying this so that we can better benefit you. But this episode is a great place to start!
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Shownotes[3:00] Ryan has a lot of qualifications and certifications within the movement industry, so what made him interested in brain science
[6:25] What is the unofficial study that is currently happening with neuroscience
[8:30] What does exercise do to the brain and does different modalities make a difference?
[9:15] Are there any negative effects that have been shown from different exercises and modalities
[10:15] We need to tailor exercise programs to the individuals' needs. If someone has anxiety, their exercise program needs to look different than someone without anxiety
[12:15] Modalities do matter, but we also need variability within the modalities
[14:00] Is a steady state aerobic training better for those with anxiety because it is more predictable than higher intensity anaerobic activity
[15:15] Do external cues play a factor in cognition? Check out the research by Dr. Gabriel Wolfe and Nick Winkleman
[18:05] When someone is first learning a movement technique, would it be best to start with external cues then later on teach them internal cues
[19:00] What's the difference between dual-tasking and multitasking
[22:00] What happens when we are constantly on our phones
[24:00] How soon before bed should we stop staring at screens, and what does extended screentime do for sleep quality
[29:00] Chronic lack of sleep has a significant impact on the brain compared to acute lack of sleep
[30:00] Are there other life factors that impact overall cognition
[33:40] Movement is a great way to refocus the brain, so when you are fatiguing with the work you are doing, get up and move
[34:20] Can you receive too much knowledge that can fatigue out the brain
[38:40] Speaking the information you learn is a great way to solidify the learning process
[40:00] Does music or other audio-type distractions while exercising change overall brain function and how you perform
[42:00] If you train with audio noise, then you take it away for sport performance, does it impact overall performance
[45:20] What are a couple ways everyone can incorporate today to improve brain function
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