” We have a brain for a reason and only for one, which is to produce adaptable and complex movements ” (Daniel Wolpert)
” One must be strong to be useful, and not only for himself but also for others “(Georges Hébert)
Increasingly, in the western world, there is greater comfort in relation to our lifestyle. Therefore, the movement can be one of the last privileges with which we can challenge ourselves.
In this sense, researching to write this article on brain and movement, I found this talk by neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert. From everything I could see, I was struck by the story behind the life of sea squirt.
The sea squirt is an animal that spends all its youth swimming by the oceans and in a moment of its life, it is implanted in a rock that it will never leave again. Do you know the first thing he does when he stays on that rock? Eat your own brain and all your nervous system to feed.
Why do they need a brain or a nervous system if they are not going to move more in life? Not at all, the brain spends a lot of energy, so … see you later!
When we settle down, we stop looking for improvement stimuli and little by little, we are transformed into sea squirt. Our nervous system improves if you practice, so we must make sure that we develop good habits. This applies to everything from movement to other aspects, such as what we think, eat or say.
Brain and movement: going back to the past
From the first months of our life, we began to design our motor control (synaptogenesis). Getting to keep your head up is our first big achievement. Then to crawl, walk, coordinate, balance, run, jump, climb, see who hits harder (fight), throw stones at the sea, play and swim like a “puppy”.
Currently, the great achievement is keeping the neck straight while you are watching a screen. Therefore, it will be vital to put some kind of mobile phone before the child puts his head up. Thus, we will avoid problems when we are adults (understands the irony).
Tip: Stop being ascidia!
Why is movement so important to your brain?
They sell us that to find the balance between body and mind you have to go to the gym and excel in intellectual games, such as brain training or sudoku.
But the movement is probably the best medicine for brain diseases. Even, above any god level Sudoku. Movement, for example, is as important against depression as drugs are, but with a noticeable difference, without side effects.
Therefore, even if you do not suffer from any disease, low energy levels, poor posture, lack of balance, coordination, strength, mobility, and memory are traits that reflect a bad choice of life habits. They are messages to your brain that will make you decide to kill yourself like sea squirt. There is no doubt that the brain is who manages your movement. Use it!
What do you have to understand about the brain?
The brain is a system that requires “fuel” and “activation”. A complex movement “activates” the brain by creating a stronger governing system and with greater potential to prevent brain diseases and improve memory.
The training progressive force, of any kind, is essential for health and optimizes adaptation in the following 3 levels:
Increased excitability of spinal motor neurons. There are higher levels of force production in the muscles.
Synaptogenesis within the spinal cord. It is a process by which synapses are created. A synapse is an area where communication occurs between two neurons. Therefore, synaptogenesis results in connections between neurons altering in structure and number, generating a stronger or weaker system if these links are less powerful.
Physiological adaptation of muscles and connective tissues. The tissues become denser and stronger. With any type of movement, these neurological and physiological adaptations take place in our body.
For example, weight training has a great health benefit and when properly structured, it is one of the most effective ways to lose fat, gain muscle mass or increase performance in your sport.
However, nowadays, many movements of flexion are abused when we do a physical activity of strength (excluding weightlifting). This does not help you to have a body awareness of the whole body.
If you only use weightlifting to stimulate strength, it will be rare for you to perform movements that block the elbows and load the biceps in a straight-arm position or require shoulder positions behind the body.
If we compare it with people who continue to challenge their bodies, moving in complex and varied patterns throughout their lives, the specific training shows its limitations.
Therefore, feel free to move as you wish. You can learn, change and grow at any age because your brain will always be prepared for it. Do not add more pressure thinking that you are an elite athlete!
In the next post, with the second part of this interesting topic, we will continue talking about the importance of the brain and movement.
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