Category Archive: Exercise

  1. 3 More Reasons to Walk

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    Walking is the most popular form of exercise.  No question, it’s great for heart health and weight management.  But walking has a number of other health benefits that will have you lacing up your sneakers and heading for the door.

    Walk to Protect Against Dementia
    Walking improves blood flow to the brain which can reduce your risk of dementia.  University of Pittsburgh researchers found that seniors who walked at least 6 miles per week had less brain shrinkage than people who did not exercise.

    Walk to Lift Your Mood

    Regular brisk walks not only help improve your mood, they may also reduce symptoms of depression.  Walking with a friend is a great way to stick to your workout routine.

    Walk to Manage Chronic Pain
    Sounds strange perhaps, but walking can actually reduce pain from arthritis.  An Australian study noted that people that walked just 1.5 miles three times each week reported that they had less pain and felt better in general.

    Tip – Download some upbeat tunes to your Ipod.  Studies show that listening to fast music helps boost endurance and effort.

  2. Brain Benefits of Sweating

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    The business world is driven by stress.  The more pressure to succeed, the more stress seems to accompany it.  Research consistently indicates that exercise combats stress and is a key component to sound physical and mental health.  It’s clear to see how exercise helps us physically; while the mental benefits of exercise are not always tangible, it is important to understand that your brain benefits from sweating.

    Sweating through an effective exercise program provides wonderful health benefits for your brain, these include:

    *  Relieving Stress and Depression.  Research confirms that 30 to 40 minutes of daily exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, hormone that lifts depression and minimizes the harmful mental and physical effects of stress.

    *  Making You Smarter.  In addition to lifting stress and depression, sweating increases your brain capacity, actually making you smarter.  During exercise, growth hormones are released throughout the body.  These hormones stimulate connection pathways in the brain, making it easy to recall, retain and store important information.

    *  Improved confidence, mood and self-image.  While sweating improves your physical and mental health, it also improves your emotional health too.  Simply sweating for 30 minutes each day leads to improved self-esteem; a happier, more peaceful disposition; and a healthier overall outlook on life.  These mental and emotional improvements result in a more effective, more productive and happier you!

    Article by Michael Healey