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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011

Work that workout! 
(slimming & health mag 2007)

Easy changes can help you burn more kilojoules (calories), get
fitter and enjoy yourself more.  Maximise your fitness routine by....
LISTENING to music as you workout - a recent study showed that exercisers with 
a soundtrack for their workout scored better on verbal fluency tests
afterwards.  so you'll get a brain boost as well.  load your own upbeat
playlist onto your MP3 and you'll find yourself working out harder & longer.

VISUALISING yourself moving faster and really working your muscles.
studies show that you can improve performance by practising positive visualisation.
(i like this one, especially when i am strength training. it also helps me focus 
on that specific muscle and can concentrate on creating tension
where it matters, ie locking in my core, visualizing my bellybutton being sucked
back into my spine whenever i'm doing ab work, to ensure that the right muscles
are being utilised instead of me just pulling on my neck whenever i do sit ups).

INCORPORATING more flexibility work into your routine - the payoff
is you'll be less likely to overstrain and injure yourself and you'll
improve your range of movement.
(get your yoga on!) 

BREATHING more deeply will help your body work more efficiently,
fueling your muscles with oxygen , which will energise you, making exercise
feel easier (and you'll last longer as well). 
 (people often forget to breathe properly when they're exercising.
it may sound silly but it's true, i've caught myself doing it a few times before.
make sure you take deep breaths when you are working out, practise your 
breathing techniques - it really does maximise your time spent exercising.)


True or False: Exercising regularly can increase the size of the hippocampus region of the brain.



A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that regular sweat sessions can increase the size of a region of the brain called the hippocampus--a part of the brain that begins to decline around age 30 in most adults. The hippocampus is tucked deep in the brain and plays an important role in learning and memory. According to researchers, a larger hippocampus is associated with better performance on spatial reasoning and other cognitive tasks. 


True or False: Exercise can help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease.



A study in the journal Neurology showed that exercise may help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease. In the study, adults diagnosed with early Alzheimer's who were less physically fit had four times more brain shrinkage than normal older adults.

 [appreciate the other LIFELONG benefits that exercise will give you!]


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