Archives for May 18, 2017

Have You Heard About PechaKucha?

I just got home from a really cool event.  It was called PechaKucha.  (That’s PaCHA KaCHA) It is a worldwide phenomenon. held in over 900 cities across the globe.  PK is all about the art of presenting a story concisely. The format is simple; There are 8-10 speakers.  Each speaker tells their story with 20 slides and they get 20 seconds per slide.   The presenters talk about something they are passionate about.  Over the past few I’ve heard presentations on art, music, gardening, urban playgrounds, travel, tiny houses, martial arts,  photography, hand crafted long boards, yoga and more. If you ever see  Pecha Kucha event coming to a city near you, I strongly advise you to go and experience it.

It turns out that physical exercise isn’t just good for your heart, your muscles and your bones,  It is also imperative for a healthy brain.

According to Neurologist Sanjay iyer of the Neuroosciences-Neurology Institute in Charlotte, ” Exercise can help restore the balance of certain chemicals in the brain that may promote a feeling of overall wellness and improve memory.”  Conversely, not moving impedes brain cognitive ability, lowers IQ  and lowers the brain’s processing speed.  These factor all decrease 5%every 10 years.  A 2014 Stanford University study also determined that physical exercise can also increase creativity.  Participants who walked on a treadmill vs sitting during cognitive tests had an 81% increase in productivity.  Treadmill desks anyone?

Exercising in nature further boosts brainpower.  Psychological Science reported on a study where participants walking in nature had a 20% increase in short term memory while those who walked on city streets had none.

So, let’s get outside and get moving!

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neuroscientist Sanjay Iyer of the Neuosciences Institute

http://letsgetinshapetogether.com/2017/05/18/2737/