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July 15, 2020

Think Neuro Podcast: Keep Your Brain Fit with Pickleball, Ping Pong & Dance | Ryan Glatt

by Anthony Effinger

The Think Neuro podcast from Pacific Neuroscience Institute takes you into the clinic, operating room and laboratory with doctors and surgeons who are tackling the most challenging brain diseases and disorders. Host: Anthony Effinger

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Episode 5: Show Notes

Exercise doesn’t just give you bigger muscles. It gives you a bigger brain. Scientists have measured brain volume in people who exercise and those who don’t. The exercisers had more.


Because movement challenges our minds. It keeps us sharp, especially as we age. And different activities strengthen different parts of our grey matter. Just like a healthy diet, a healthy exercise regimen is varied: some strength training, some resistance training, some aerobics. Don’t worry, you don’t have to work a Sudoko puzzle on an exercise bike to get the maximum benefit.

Ryan Glatt, PNI’s Brain Health Coach, is a big fan of dance because it challenges cognition. It’s also how Ryan first got fit himself. A pudgy kid and avid video gamer, things completely changed when he discovered Dance Dance Revolution, a video game that made him move. Now, he’s an advocate for exercise. He gets a workout just talking about it. Give him a listen, and you’ll want to get up and dance, we promise

About Ryan Glatt

Ryan Glatt

Ryan Glatt is a psychometrist and Brain Health Coach at the Brain Health Center in the Pacific Neuroscience Institute. With a strong background in exercise science and human health, Ryan develops curricula specifically targeted towards those with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and traumatic brain injury, coaching individuals towards optimal brain health.

More Information

Visit the Pacific Brain Health Center or call 310-582-7641.

About the Author

Anthony Effinger

Anthony Effinger

Think Neuro's host is Anthony Effinger, an award-winning journalist who is fascinated with neuroscience and the workings of the brain. Anthony spent 24 years at Bloomberg News, where he covered all aspects of finance, with forays into science and health. In 2006, the Association of Health Care Journalists awarded him first prize for Playing the Odds, an in-depth piece on the changing strategies used to treat prostate cancer. These days, he is a staff writer at Willamette Week, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Last updated: August 25th, 2020