Boost your Brain Function With Interval Training
For many of us it is all too easy just to ride at a comfortable pace and enjoy the ride. But introducing interval training into your training is not only going to help you be a faster cyclist, but there are other health benefits such as improving your brain function. Here is how...
High intensity interval training can elevate levels of BDNF immediately after exercise and whilst at rest. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein that promotes growth of new brain cells and the formation of neuronal circuits in the brain. This associated with both improved memory and learning ability.
In comparison to continuous low level activity, shorter bouts of higher intensity produce more BDNF.
High intensity exercise increases blood flow to the brain. Cycling at a higher intensity not only improves blood flow to the working muscles, but also increases blood flow to the brain, which is important for increasing alertness while reducing feelings of fatigue.
High intensity exercise makes it easier for you to achieve a flow state, which can create a positive and creative mindset throughout your day.
Cycling at a high intensity can feel tough and sometimes force you to overcome your fears, but ultimately it will give you more confidence.
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