Jogging your brain

How fit is your brain?

Running for a prolonged distance of time…it’s supposed to be wild.”

– Ron Burgundy 1970

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It is hard to believe but in 1962, the idea of jogging for your health did not exist. In 1963 jogging was introduced as a counter balance to the increasingly sedentary life of the middle aged citizens of the USA.

The first Joggers manual gave the following instructions on how to jog.

“Jogging is a bit more than a walk. Start with a short distance then increase as you improve. Jog until you are puffing, then walk until your breathing is normal again. Repeat until you have covered a mile or two, or three. Jogging… can be done ‘anywhere’ and by anyone.”

–Joggers manual 1963

Today jogging is a normal daily activity, as the importance of physical fitness has become mainstream.

Contemplative practices and cognitive training techniques are to our increasingly sedentary brains what jogging is to our bodies.

Neuroscience has shown that a daily regime of cognitive training builds mental focus, fitness, and flexibility. All abilities that are becoming the most sought after skills  in the workplace.

‘The classic work on learning outcomes is that of Bloom et al. (1956), who identified three domains of learning: cognitive (mental skills, knowledge); affective (attitudes, emotions); and psychomotor (skills). Traditionally, many education systems have prioritised a small spectrum of the cognitive domain i.e. memorising and mimicking but in leadership development in particular, there has been a resurgence of interest in the other domains.’

By surveying 350 executives across 9 industries in 15 of the world’s biggest economies, The World Economic Forum identified 10 skills that will land you high-paying jobs by 2020.

  1. Cognitive flexibility
  2. Negotiation skills
  3. Service orientation
  4. Judgment and decision-making
  5. Emotional intelligence
  6. Coordinating with others
  7. People management
  8. Creativity
  9. Critical thinking
  10. Complex problem solving

People who acquire these mental skills will be the thought leaders of the future.

Start your brain fitness routine today, be a thought leader of tomorrow.

Read the complete history of jogging here:

Abstract
This article provides an account of the emergence of jogging as mass physical fitness practice in America in the 1960s. It explores how jogging was configured as a physical fitness activity suitable for sedentary middle-aged men and women. Jogging developed as a counter to the ill-effects of habits entrained by the increasingly sedentary lifestyles of modern industrialized urban and suburban dwellers. The paper traces the development of jogging as a defined exercise routine at University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. Focusing on the moment when jogging is ‘invented’as a recognizable fitness practice tells a great deal about the origin of contemporary regimes of physical fitness for the middle-aged population and how they have evolved. It also points to the significance of understanding how the shaping of corporeal habits play into the making of (1)individual bodies, (2) common practices of corporeal care and activity, and (3) environments of physical activity.
In 1963 a four-page pamphlet appeared in Oregon banks. Sponsored by the Oregon Heart Foundation and The US National Bank of Portland,
The Joggers Manual  set out the basic principles of a new of form of physical exercise, jogging. ‘Jogging is a bit more than a walk,’ the pamphlet explained. ‘Start with a short distance then increase as you improve. Jog until you are puffing,then walk until your breathing is normal again. Repeat until you have covered a mile or two, or three.’ Jogging, it further assured its readers, can be done ‘anywhere’ and by ‘anyone – six to 106 – male or female.’ Requiring nothing more than that the jogger ‘wear a pair of comfortable shoes with thick, moderately soft soles’ the pamphlet signed off with a jaunty ‘Good jogging to you!’
 It is difficult – perhaps impossible – to find a single text or moment when most new
mass practices of any kind are invented. However, this modest 250 word pamphlet, so brief that it fails to even outline the benefits that the prospective jogger might expect from her or his new exercise activity, is arguably a good candidate for marking the birth of jogging as a mainstream mass physical fitness activity in America. These days the jogger has become a ubiquitous urban figure – in North American, European, and Antipodean cities at least. Women and men joggers of all ages and shapes populate city walkways, parks and sidewalks such that their presence goes largely unnoted. The following pages offer a short account of the emergence of jogging as a mass physical fitness practice in America. In particular, they focus on how the prosaic act of ‘jogging’was put together as a routine habit – one that could be easily learned and put into use without direct expert intervention.”

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