Podcasts are informational, fun, and an easy way to get our news either while on-the-go or in chill mode. They are also a way to energize our minds – and our bodies – at the same time. Finding the time to exercise just got easier for both podcasters and podcast listeners. By engaging in seated exercise, at a slow pace, while engaging your audience, or when listening to a new podcast, you can clear the cobwebs, focus better, and be far more strategic.
Harvard Medical School recently published another study demonstrating a clear link between exercise, brain health, and focus. According to this study, “exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means. The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to release insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors – chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells.”
In other words, exercise not only changes our ability to focus and work, but it also enhances our ability to process inputs – like podcasts – on a different level. Low intensity exercise, like that found on a treadmill, is known to be more effective, with literally hundreds of studies globally stating similar findings. Whether you are time challenged, energy challenged, or physically challenged, the need for exercise remains the same. The question is which modality of exercise is right for you? And how will you fit it into your already-packed day?
When researching this article, I came across a new exercise machine called the miniTREAD®. This is likely exactly what you think it is: a compact seated treadmill that can be used anywhere at your convenience. There are no straps to attach, and this fully compact device gives one heck of a workout. In fact, there are professional athletes that have used the miniTREAD and felt it has given them a very challenging workout. And, to this frequent exerciser who loves to be challenged, that’s saying a lot, especially for a product that can fit under a desk or in front of a tv. In fact, it’s the perfect complement to listening to a daily or weekly podcast because it enhances focus on the podcast content itself.
Created and sold by OnTheMuv, this simple-to-use seated treadmill is even easier to put together. The controller was designed with raised, color-coded buttons so anyone can use the machine – even while focusing their attention elsewhere. For podcasters, our attention is always in other places – whether we are recording a show, listening to someone else’s show, or interviewing a guest. For listeners, our focus is on the content as it whizzes by in our ears (or on our screen).
For those who want to focus more deeply on the content in a podcast, the miniTREAD is perfect. It enhances productivity and the movement from the repetitive steps you take and helps increase focus and memory. If you are “muving” while listening, podcast content will be retained longer, mean more, and resonate more clearly. Maximizing your podcast experience, while exercising at the same time, is what it’s all about.