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Movement is Medicine pt 1.


One of the principles of human health and wellness that I cannot stress enough is the statement, movement is medicine. Movement and exercise is a growing topic of conversation in the medical field, and research paper after paper is showing that exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve quality of life and the duration of life. Dr. Mark Tarnopolosky has famously said, “If there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed.” If medical research continues to tells us that exercise is a true form of medicine, it is simply not enough to say “you need to do more exercise,” without explaining why. That is like handing out prescription medication and saying, "just take a few of these," without offering any context. I simply hope to add that context. In part 1 of this movement is medicine series, I want to talk about the incredible benefits of exercise on our brains.


Let’s rewind and cover the basics of the brain and its evolution. One main idea that I find really interesting is the notion that the sole reason for having a brain is for movement. Professor Daniel Wolpert from the University of Cambridge states, “We have a brain to produce adaptable and complex movements. Moving our body is the only way to affect the world around us. Emotions, attention, and other cognitive processes are relevant, but they are only impor