Exercise and the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur

Daniel G. Amen, M.D. in his book, ‘Change Your Brain, Change Your Body,’ talks about the benefits of exercise for high stress conditions. Here is an excerpt:

Physical activity boosts memory in young women aged eighteen  to twenty-five, and it improves frontal lobe function in older adults. Getting your body moving also protects short-term memory structures in the temporal lobes (hippocampus) from high-stress conditions. Stress causes the adrenal glands to produce excessive amounts of the hormone cortisol, which has been found to kill cells in the hippocampus and impair memory. In fact, people with Alzheimer’s disease have higher cortisol levels than do normal aging people. pg 111

Exercise enhances mood- People who exercise consistently  report a general sense of well-being that people who lead a sedentary lifestyle do not experience. Getting your heart pumping allows more of the natural mood enhancing amino acid L-tryptophan to enter the brain. L-tryptophan is the precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, which balances moods. It is  a relatively small amino acid, and it often has to compete with larger amino acids to cross the blood channels into the brain. With exercise, the muscles of the body utilize the larger amino acids and decrease the competition for L-tryptophan to enter the brain, which makes you feel better. pg 111

In the book ‘Positive Energy’ by Judith Orloff, M.D. she states:

A “must” for a rewarding fitness plan is listening to your body’s subtle energy cues. Without this, exercise can become torture – a masochistic pushing through pain (not a pretty sight when I intuit this in people at my gym) or else drudgery you avoid. Otherwise, it’s beyond me how we can fully benefit from exercise’s touted perks, including the reduction of heart disease, stress, depression, insomnia, and bone wasting. pg 106

Now you’re going to find a regimen to fit your needs. The right exercise builds positive energy, even joy, and releases physical and emotional toxins. pg 110

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