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Exercise Your Right to a Better Brain

By Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Abnormal Brain from Young Frankenstein

"You used a brain from someone called Abby Normal?"

Kymberly: Do you want to increase your brain power right now, this minute, starting immediately or even sooner? If so, do you know what to do? If you guessed that some kind of exercise is involved in this answer, you are quite smarticle! And for maximum increase in your neuronal activity and literal brain growth, check out the elements that help the most.


Alexandra: Hold on a sec. What do you mean by “literal” brain growth? Is there some other type of brain growth? Are you saying if you exercise, you will have an “exceptionally large mind?”

K: Yes, I mean your brain will literally grow dendrites, extend axons, and branch out more like a social climber at a networking party.  While any of the following factors alone will enhance brain power, combining them into one Mega-activity will propel you above and beyond:

  • Engaging at least two senses simultaneously, such as touch and sight;
  • Listening for cues or commands;
  • Moving to music with polyrhythmic beats;
  • Following somewhat complex movement patterns;
  • Trying something novel.

Hmm, when you put all these elements together, does it make you think of any particular kind of workout? Like group fitness classes, for instance? Get thee to a classery (active people will recognize the reference cuz’ they’re so with it).

Oh, and another factor that aids brain growth is:

  • Getting sufficient sleep

Preferably not while engaging in the aforementioned group fitness workout.

A: Right after you finish your exercise, call your school and politely demand they make P.E. mandatory and daily! That way your kids will be as smart as you (only while they’re teens). We have a few favorite programs that combine the “smartener elements” so we’ll give them a shout-out right now:
Drums Alive & Academic Beats by Carrie Ekins (you can listen to our radio interview with her as of Oct 19 at!) Batuka Dance: We are getting all trained up in this so we can revisit our childhood dancing talents…(we use the word “talents” here fairly loosely, but our mom was a dance teacher, and we have the leotards to prove it). Any well-taught Step class. Why not attend Kymberly’s Step classes at Spectrum in Santa Barbara? No pressure! Maybe she’ll wear one of the leotards I saved for her.

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About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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12 Responses to Exercise Your Right to a Better Brain

  1. John Poole October 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    All great advice, and should be followed. After all, no one wants to end up as dull as a Vogon!

    • John Poole October 14, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      An example of Vogon poetry:

      “Oh freddled gruntbuggly;
      thy micturations are to me,
      As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee”

      Exercise elevates your ability to resist to this stuff!

  2. KymberlyFun Fit October 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Um, hate to sound dull, but what is a Vogon? And is it fatal once infected with it?
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  3. KymberlyFun Fit October 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Well I was watching the whole video but I could not hear it all over the heavy breathing I was doing given the intense workout the post inspired me to do. That is my story and I am sticking to it like fabric pills on knit.
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  4. Tamara April 18, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Wow! Maybe that’s why I’m so smart?! (Certainly explains a lot about you two!)
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  5. Evelyn April 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    I need to get moving even more and get more sleep. This is very interesting!
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