Category Archives: Exercise and the Brain

Mindful Eating Summit + Another reason to do strength training

Here is another great free online resource coming up.  The Mindful Eating Summit is a five-day, 20 speaker online event.  It looks like a great way to learn about how habits and emotions affect the way we eat and tools for eating healthy.

And here is a nice article about research on strength training and  brain health!  I have one caution – please do not do the exercise like they are showing in the picture – elbows above the shoulder increases the risk of shoulder injury. Only raise the elbows to just below shoulder height.  Otherwise enjoy the article.

Keep Moving, Be Well,

Janet

These weekly blogs are general guidelines. These guidelines apply to patients who are cleared by a physician for the type of exercise described. Please contact your physician with any concerns or questions. Always report any symptoms associated with exercise, such as pain, irregular heartbeats, and dizziness or fainting, to your physician.

 

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by | October 22, 2015 · 8:13 pm

Enjoying Exercise and Better Food Choices

enjoy exercie 2As a part two from last weeks blog about enjoying exercise, here is an article on research finding the enjoyment of exercise can lead to less emotional eating.

This is just one of many articles that highlight the great side effects of exercise.  Enjoying exercise creates a surge in ‘feel good’ brain chemicals.  These are many of the same brain chemicals that surge when we eat foods high in simple carbohydrates and fats. With a healthy dose of these chemicals helping us feel good after exercise, we are not as likely to search for comfort foods.

We can get so focused on the amount of calories we burn during a workout, forgetting the huge value of enjoyment for gaining this lasting effect.  Doing a high calorie burning workout that you don’t enjoy may not have as many benefits in the end for weight loss as doing a more enjoyable, yet lower calorie burning session.

The goal is to burn only as many calories as you can ENJOY burning!

As highlighted in the last blog, the reasons we don’t enjoy exercise are often created by a wide variety of challenges.   We might think these factors don’t matter, or that there is no good solution.  Since they keep us from enjoying exercise, this article reminds us that finding solutions and enjoy moving again is a key to success.

So, on this beautiful week of end of summer weather, choose an activity you enjoy or find a way to make what you can do more enjoyable.

It sounds like a win-win.  We get to enjoy some time moving AND enjoy feelinenjoy exerciseg good about our food choices too.

Keep Moving, Be Well,

Janet

These weekly emails are general guidelines. These guidelines apply to patients who are cleared by a physician for the type of exercise described. Please contact your physician with any concerns or questions. Always report any symptoms associated with exercise, such as pain, irregular heartbeats, and dizziness or fainting, to your physician.

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by | September 17, 2015 · 5:28 pm

“Better Memory? More Creativity? Sign me up!”

This TED talk by Wendy Suzuki gives us another dose of reasons to get up and move.brain motivatino

It makes sense – for us to survive as a species our memory and creativity are key.  We need to remember how to find food, where danger lurks, and have the ability to problem solve and make new discoveries.

How smart that our body is hardwired to improve these things with movement.   We were designed with a built in system – while foraging for food or running away from danger we had better problem solving skills and could remember what helped us survive.

In today’s world we still need those quality’s to survive – but the movement is not built in. Continue reading

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by | June 3, 2015 · 2:51 pm