Inspiration from experience
Suzuki explains that, like many a modern worker, her work left her pretty inactive physically. She was miserable, had gained weight and discovered the full extent of her weakness on a river rafting trip. Determined for change, she attacked her gym, trying just about every type of class they had. Her extra weight disappeared.
But her mood was better. Energy was better. Even writing her grants was easy, because she could focus.
Suzuki put two and two together and hypothesized that it likely was her exercise that was making a difference. But like any scientist, she wasn’t satisfied. She wanted details, so she started reviewing the literature and conducting new research in her own lab.
Your brain on workouts
Suzuki identified exercise as powerful for the brain for three reasons.
1. Physical activity gives you an immediate jolt.
As Suzuki explains, when you exercise, the brain releases a flood of neurotransmitters. These natural chemicals serve as messengers, helping cells in the body communicate and perform optimally.