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    Can Exercise Help You With Complicated Scripts?

    John Melley - Monday, January 21, 2013

    My personal trainer gave me a cool book for Christmas titled: "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain" by John J. Ratey, MD.

    I'm about half way through it, but I am fascinated with it. We all know exercise is good for us. But it turns out research is finding out all sorts of new information that demonstrates how and why it is so good for us.

    The first part of the book details a couple of studies of a few high school districts in the United States. One district in Naperville, Illinois requires gym every day of the week. The students in this school district took the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) - you know the one that shows U.S. Students dead last in everything?

    Well the kids in Naperville finished FIRST in the science section just ahead of Singapore and scored sixth in the Math section.

    One of the things the school district does is offer early gym classes for students who are struggling with academics so they get physical activity before their classes. Sometimes they schedule their most difficult classes just after their gym classes so they learn their most difficult subjects in order to take advantage of the physical effects and benefits of exercise.

    To find out what was going on, students were fitted with a swim cap embedded with electrodes that measured electrical activity in the brain. The EEG showed more activity in fit kids' brains, indicating that more neurons involved in attention were being recruited for specific tasks. In other words, more brain resources could be used to learn or do things which helped them perform more effectively and retain more information. I have a link to the book on Amazon.com at the end of this post if you'd like to learn more about the book, or buy it.

    How does this work for voice over? Well, if you have a technical script to read it might be a good idea to schedule the recording session just after your workout, or schedule your script review session just after exercise. If you're trying to memorize copy, it might be a good idea to do some exercise then too.

    Do you have a favorite routine that you do before recording sessions? Do you exercise before or after work? What things do you do to make your recording sessions go well? I'd love your feedback.

    Here's that link I mentioned:

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