45 min

The best & worst types of exercise for anxiety | Neuroscientist Jennifer Heisz, Ph.D‪.‬ The mindbodygreen Podcast

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Jennifer Heisz, Ph.D.: “A 2-minute movement break is all it takes to restore and replenish the brain of its vital nutrients.”
Heisz, a neuroscientist and associate professor of kinesiology, joins mbg co-CEO, Jason Wachob to discuss specific exercises to help manage anxiety, plus:
- Why you should listen to music before a workout (~03:51)
- How much time you need to exercise for brain health (~04:30)
- How walking can help grow brain cells (~30:48)
- Which sports are best for healthy cognition (~36:45)
- How to hack your brain to love working out (~42:06)

Referenced in the episode:
- Heisz's book, Move The Body, Heal The Mind.
- Heisz's study showing students who took 5-minute exercise breaks had better focus during lectures.
- Research on how walking boosts creativity.
- Heisz's research on aerobic exercise and memory.
- Heisz's research on why people wanted to work out for mental health during the pandemic.
- Research on the link between exercise and depression symptoms.
- A study on kids' free play and creativity as adults.

Enjoy this episode! Whether it's an article or podcast, we want to know what we can do to help here at mindbodygreen. Let us know at: podcast@mindbodygreen.com.

Jennifer Heisz, Ph.D.: “A 2-minute movement break is all it takes to restore and replenish the brain of its vital nutrients.”
Heisz, a neuroscientist and associate professor of kinesiology, joins mbg co-CEO, Jason Wachob to discuss specific exercises to help manage anxiety, plus:
- Why you should listen to music before a workout (~03:51)
- How much time you need to exercise for brain health (~04:30)
- How walking can help grow brain cells (~30:48)
- Which sports are best for healthy cognition (~36:45)
- How to hack your brain to love working out (~42:06)

Referenced in the episode:
- Heisz's book, Move The Body, Heal The Mind.
- Heisz's study showing students who took 5-minute exercise breaks had better focus during lectures.
- Research on how walking boosts creativity.
- Heisz's research on aerobic exercise and memory.
- Heisz's research on why people wanted to work out for mental health during the pandemic.
- Research on the link between exercise and depression symptoms.
- A study on kids' free play and creativity as adults.

Enjoy this episode! Whether it's an article or podcast, we want to know what we can do to help here at mindbodygreen. Let us know at: podcast@mindbodygreen.com.

45 min