- attention and motivation
- the ability to overcome learned helplessness
- norepinephrine levels (neurotransmitter associated with mood, self-esteem, and perception)
- serotonin levels (neurotransmitter associated with mood, impulse control, and learning
- dopamine levels (neurotransmitter associated with memory, attention, and problem-solving)
- beta-endorphins associated with stress and pain management
- brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein released during exercise, that promotes the growth of neurons and synapses
(Oh, and fit teachers make better teachers, too!)
Give this some thought on that afternoon walk or run!
More information can be found at Dr. Ratey's website: www.johnratey.com.
Ratey, J. (2007, Nov.). SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Presented at Learning and the Brain: Using Brain Research to Enhance Cognitive Abilities and Achievement.