This tip is close to my heart. It is one that has given me a lot of value over the years and I’m sure it will for you too. We all know about the main subject of today’s podcast but many of forget how important it is (myself included).
In this latest episode of the Real Fast Spanish Tips Podcast you will learn about one of the most effective ways to improve your brain. Obviously learning a language takes a lot of brain power with a sustained focus spread across some period of time. Therefore any activity that improves brain function is going to be of use for language learning.
This episode is inspired by a book I recently read called ‘Spark’ by John J Ratey:
It is a fantastic book that looks the important topic of exercise and hot it affects the brain. It addresses some of the critical byproducts associated with exercise and fitness and how these have a positive impact on the brain. In the book John describes how the body and the brain should be thought of as one in the same. And any improvement in the function of the body is going to have a positive impact on the brain.
If ever find yourself with wandering attention and struggling to focus then one way to dial that back is to improve your fitness. The book talks about a number of ways exercise can fight many brain related issues such as lack of focus, stress, anxiety and depression.
In this episode I also discuss how the topic has affected me deeply and how I encountered my own rude awakening when I forgot about the importance of exercise.
Mentioned in this episode:
- Article from the Washington Post about Naperville students Physical Education, For Life
- More recent statistics Childhood Obesity Facts
- German study on increased vocabulary learning
Quote from this podcast episode:
“Exercise is the single most powerful tool you have to optimize your brain function.” – John J Ratey
How can you improve your fitness to benefit your Spanish?