Looking back on 2018 in a decade or two, we might find it to be a watershed moment for fitness and strength training. Study after study is finding big brain-changing benefits of fitness. 

This year alone, strength training has been found to reduce depression by 50%, increase longevity and benefit breast cancer survivors in big ways. All this comes on the heels of Wendy Suzuki's 2017 masterful speech on the brain changing benefits of fitness.

Watch the speech below and see "why exercise is the most transformative thing you can do for your brain today."

Fitness and exercise not only have immediate effects on the brain, but also improves attention and mood, as well as providing protective effects on the brain. For more info on Wendy's research, check out her website here.

If there ever was a true magical elixir, it seems to be staying fit. After watching that charismatic speech, if you still somehow aren't green for go on fitness, then watching this video below may put you in the gym. 

Strength training and fitness provide power up after power up: enhanced learning, decreased stress, reduced anxiety, elevated mood, and heightened focus. Some ADHD sufferers have even given up their prescriptions. And if there's one super ingredient in the magical elixir, it's BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which has been showing up in studies lately more often than the Kardashians on television. 

Even Harvard has gotten in on the act, releasing their own research that's found similar results. 

What are your thoughts Fringe Nation? What have you experienced, felt or seen that's been different with you physically and/or mentally, as the result of working out? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading as usual and stay awesome!