Neuroplasticity – The Connection Between Personal Growth & Brain Growth
Written by Ricky Moore
I have been doing more reading now than I have done in my entire life! I want to highlight a word I have been seeing a lot lately. The word is Neuroplasticity – here are two different definitions that I like.
“The ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.” – Dictionary.com
“Also known as neural plasticity, or brain plasticity, is the ability of neural networks in the brain to change through growth and reorganization. These changes range from individual neurons making new connections, to systematic adjustments like cortical remapping.” – Wikipedia
Throughout life we should be constantly trying to learn or grow in any way we can. We can change how we respond and adapt to different things if we can continue to learn and grow as people no matter the task.
We definitely do it through fitness!
Physical exercise increases the brain’s volume of gray matter (actual neurons) and white matter (connections between neurons). Through increased blood flow to the brain, physical exercise triggers biochemical changes that spur neuroplasticity – the production of new connections between neurons and even of neurons themselves. (sharpbrains.com)
Practicing a new skill, learning about and applying different training methodologies, and even testing out different diets aids in neuroplasticity.
Take double-unders for example, which provide many benefits for athletes like improved general physical fitness (cardio), assists with agility, balance, accuracy, coordination AND provides a great neurological stimulus! What does this mean exactly? Developing double-unders (and other skills) helps neural pathways linked to muscles be more efficient in transmitting messages so you work smarter, not harder!
The brain has plenty of plasticity to develop and conquer new things. Like I said earlier I have been doing the most reading in my lifetime and I am learning to read faster through different techniques I have studied and read about.
Moral of the story is we have plenty of brain power, space, and capabilities to always continue to learn and grow.
What are you learning right now? How do you want to grow?