Sunday, January 11, 2004
Me and Sleepy had been playing clubs for a couple of months when we met Dopey, who could whistle like dabejeezus. Dopey knew Doc, who knew Sneezy...
Thankfully, I'm smart enough to know that there are always risks when embarking on a new exercise program/addiction, so I did some research. In this case, I found out that, "mice bred for 30 generations to display increased voluntary wheel running behavior - an 'exercise addiction' - showed higher amounts of BDNF than normal, sedentary mice." link
BDNF, for those of you not in the know, is brain-derived neurotrophic factor. It's a chemical "involved in protecting and producing neurons in the hippocampus."
High levels of BDNF are correlated with learning difficulties. It turns out that, "the running addict, compared with the normal-running, control mice, perform 'terribly' when attempting to navigate around a maze."
Now this could have nothing to do with BDNF. It could be that running addicts are so fixated on exercise wheels that mazes just don't do it for them anymore. But do you really want to risk it?
For now, I'll stick to my sedentary ways. Pass the hookah.