The Body

December 31, 2022

The Body’s Clock
Did you know your body has a clock?  Everybody has one but nobody ever thinks about it. Except some serious athletes.  The ones that come immediately to mind are boxers.
Why boxers?  If you’ve ever watched or seen video of a boxing match, you may have noticed what boxers do before every fight? They are not sitting still waiting for the bell. They’re running in place, practicing footwork, jumping or prancing around, then maybe a few deep knee bends while holding the ropes or some sparring punches with phantom opponents or a trainer.
You might have even wondered why boxers do this?   They are doing whatever they can before the fight getting their heart beat elevated. Why?  Because the heartbeat is the bodies clock. It controls how often oxygen is pushed out to every cell in their bodies. It also controls the timing of their bodies actions and reactions.
Going into a fight with a normal heartbeat gives an opponent with an already elevated heartbeat the initial advantage. A faster “clock” means quicker actions, reactions and thinking.  Put another way, a punch from a boxer with a fast heartbeat may not get blocked or avoided initially by a boxer with slower or normal heartbeat.
This doesn’t just apply to boxing. As an example, if you had your hardest class in high school right after gym, you probably did better than if it was right after another class. You probably never noticed that after gym class you were more alert, paid closer attention to the subject, and did better than if that class wasn’t right after gym class.
Just remember that even a little exercise means better body oxygen flow, clearer & faster thinking and quicker reactions. Things that can help make anything you do easier.
But did you ever think exercise could also make you smarter?

James Cain
(Wishing exercise could get more oxygen through the brain fog from a DVT caused by a mandated experimental but unapproved jab)