Jumping to Fertilize Your Brain!

My friend Bev recently introduced me to local author John Medina‘s new book Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. I’m devouring the insights in Medina’s book and felt the need to enact his first principle, which is “Exercise Boosts Brain Power.” As Medina whole-heartedly believes, exercise helps the brain function better by stimulating BDNF (this stands for Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor), a protein which is like a fertilizer for the brain. Imagine Miracle Grow sprinkled on your brain cells to help them grow! In Brain Rules, he writes, “All the evidence points in one direction: Physical activity is cognitive candy.”

So in honor of Medina’s work — and my philosophy, “When you’re stuck, move” — here’s a little video I produced (in one shot, without edits as you’ll be able to tell) to show a little something I do to fertilize my brain at three o’clock in the afternoon.



About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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3 Responses to Jumping to Fertilize Your Brain!

  1. Nancy says:

    That’s fantastic Courtney! I’m inspired to get a small trampoline and MOVE!

  2. Sue Simpson says:

    Me too! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Jenna says:

    oh my gosh, this is simply the best! thanks for sharing Courtney!

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