It is time to move in a variety of ways, through a variety of contexts, with an elevated heart rate. Forsake not the BDNF proteins!

“If you are not familiar with BDNF, I offer you Dr. John Ratey’s short and sweet definition: “miracle gro for the brain.” Neurotrophins, such as BDNF, build and maintain neural circuitry, the infrastructure of the brain itself. In a nutshell, BDNF improves the function of neurons, encourages their growth, and strengthens and protects them against the natural process of cell death. And – key for us – it is released in excess when we elevate our heart rate (that’s code for ‘exercise’).”

-Liz Bragdon, “Why MovNat Matters Even More Than You Think, Part 2”,