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/

DOMS

Yesterday I went skiing for the first time in a little over a year.  The weather was great, and the snow was fantastic.  I skied for 4 or 5 hours and felt great!  Last night I was certainly tired, but not sore. This morning my quads were a little “tender”.  Well now, by the end of the day, walking up and down the stairs is getting harder and harder!!  I really feel my muscles, and I know that tomorrow the real soreness will set in!

Did you ever notice how when you over exert yourself, you don’t feel sore until a day or two later?  This is a real phenomenon.  It is called DOMS — Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  It is the result of micro tears in the muscle fibers.  But these micro tears are actually beneficial.  As the muscle fibers heal they grow bigger (muscle hypertrophy).  So don’t be afraid of exerting yourself.  A little tenderness is good, but be careful not to overdo it.  You should feel back to normal after 48 hours

Back to the Gym!

I started this blog 6 years ago in February, 2010 with a simple post titled, I Went to the gym today.  The point of the post was that after a few years hiatus from exercise (and 20 pounds), I was going to use this blog as motivation to get back to a fitness centered life, a hopefully encourage others to do so as well.  It worked.

Over the past six years I went to the gym. started running, practiced yoga, and changed my diet.  I became stronger and fit and even lowered my cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides .

But alas, even the best laid plans…

In July, a medical issue side-lined me and, my exercise had been limited to walking my dog a few times a day.  This may sound like more exercise than it is as my dog is small and our walks are slow saunters around the block!  But movement is movement!

So here I find myself very happy and excited that, I went to the gym again.  I rejoined  Planet Fitness and have been there 3 times in the past week.  I’m coming back, and I’ll be blogging again too.  So far, so good

Healthy Aging

I heard a talk last night on healthy aging.  The presenter discussed 3 keys to healthy aging and avoiding demensia:

Sleep

Exercise

Socialization

Sounds good!

I would add to that by saying, strive for 7 hours of sleep a night (or supplement with naps), get up and walk a few times a day for a combined total of 30 minutes of activity, stay in touch with friends and relatives and talk with everyone you come across during the day, even if it is simply to say hello.

 

February!

Happy February…Rabbit…for whatever reason it is we say rabbit on the first of the month.  More importantly, Happy Super Bowl Day (Go Pats!).

Even more importantly, it is the start of a new month and time for a new resolution.  This year, rather than make a bunch of resolutions in January and scrambling to achieve them all at once,  I decided to make one big resolution for the year and then make two monthly ones that I could work on for 30 days to form into positive habits and break negative habits.  January’s resolutions were to

Positive Habit to embrace: Drink 5 12 oz glasses of water a day

I’m doing great with this one!  I actually crave water now if I don’t have a glass in my hand. There are so many important health reasons to drink water: more energy, better digestion, better skin, etc.  but I must admit, the water has made those “wine headaches” stop.  Woo Hoo, now I can enjoy 2 glasses of wine again.  Stay Hydrated my friends!

Negative Habit to change: Stop Procrastinating

While this resolution isn’t easily measurable, I have definitely procrastinated less this month. Several times, I’d look at something that needed to be done and was about to put it off when the little voice in my head (yes I admit, I have those) said,  “Don’t procrastinate” and so I got up and did it!

While I will continue to encompass these two resolutions, I have added a positive and negative one for February:

With a ski trip coming up at the end of the month, my positive resolution is to:

GO TO THE GYM 3 TIMES A WEEK.  No Excuses.  Regardless of what other exercise I do, (yoga, running), I am going to get to the gym for some serious weight training at least 3 times a week.

As for the negative habit, I am resolving:

NO EXTRA SPENDING THIS MONTH!  I finished paying off the Christmas bills, and again I have an (expensive) trip coming up, and for various reasons, my income is taking a big hit this year and so I am resolving to curtail spending on extras.  No shopping for clothes, shoes, makeup, things for the house, electronics, etc.

Here goes, wish me luck!