Poor Fitness Linked to Weaker Brain Fiber, Higher Dementia Risk

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Scientists have more evidence that exercise improves brain health and could be a lifesaving ingredient that prevents Alzheimer’s disease.

In particular, a new study from UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute suggests that the lower the fitness level, the faster the deterioration of vital nerve fibers in the brain. This deterioration results in cognitive decline, including memory issues characteristic of dementia patients.


Short-term Exercise Equals Big-time Brain Boost

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A 10-minute, one-time burst of exercise can measurably boost your brain power, at least temporarily, researchers at Western University in London, Canada, have found.

While other studies have showed brain-health benefits after 20-minutes of a single-bout of exercise, or following commitment to a long-term (24-week) exercise program, this research suggests even 10 minutes of aerobic activity can prime the parts of the brain that help us problem-solve and focus.


How to Be Happier: 8 Simple Secrets to Transform Your Mood

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THE MYTH OF HAPPINESS is that it’s a destination; some place we’ll reach when we have, do, are enough. The truth is that learning how to be happier is a mindset, and it’s surprisingly easy to access when you know what to focus on.

According to author, yogi and Energy Medicine pro, Lauren Walker  (who’s mentor, Donna Eden, is the OG master of Energy Medicine) building a better, more positive outlook on life can be as simple as saying thanks and breathing a bit deeper. Learn about Lauren and her work with this inspiring interview, and then grab […]

5 Positive Ways Yoga Affects Your Mind

Article by by Aerial Cetnar | Found on MindBodyGreen

Although many individuals relish in their yoga practice for physical health benefits, there is just as much of a reason to love yoga for its mental health benefits. In the past few years, yoga and other mind-body practices have been a topic of interest for researchers in the psychology field, exploring its benefits for individuals working to improve their psychological well being. There is an increasing number of communities, such as hospitals, rehab centers and transitional homes incorporating yoga into their programming for improving mental health in many individuals.


The Simple Reason Exercise Enhances Your Brain

Article by Alexandra Sifferlin | Found on Time

Evidence keeps mounting that exercise is good for the brain. It can lower a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease and may even slow brain aging by about 10 years. Now, new research helps illuminate how, exactly, working out improves brain health.

In one research review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers examined 39 studies that looked at the link between exercise and cognitive abilities among people over age 50. […]

You Can Rewire Your Brain To Fight Chronic Pain: Here’s How

Article by Joe Tattan | Found on MindBodyGreen

“I hit the breaking point last Friday when my boss bumped up this massive project by a whole week,” my 29-year-old patient Jennifer told me during our initial consultation. “I mean, who does that? With two kids at home, social obligations, and an hour commute each way, it became the final straw and I just…snapped.”

Jennifer landed a position at a high-pace Manhattan law firm last year and was determined to pave a steady career path. But that determination often meant 70-hour workweeks


Mid-Life Exercise Could Jog Your Memory

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Can a new exercise regimen boost your brain health if you’re over 50?

Possibly, suggests a new research review that found middle-age folks can improve their thinking and memory skills by adopting regular moderate-to-vigorous routines involving aerobic and resistance exercise.

“When we combined the available data from [39 previous] studies, we were able to show that undertaking physical exercise was able to improve the brain function of people aged 50 and over,” said study lead author Joseph Northey. He’s a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise […]

11 Things Mentally Strong People Always Do

Article by Amy Morin | Found on MindBodyGreen

While most people know what exercises will make them physically strong, few people understand how to grow mentally strong. In fact, many people aren’t even sure what mental strength is.

Mental strength consists of three parts—thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Becoming mentally strong involves regulating your thoughts, managing your emotions, and behaving productively.

And while I spend most of my career talking about how to give up the bad habits that rob you of mental strength, it’s important to know what healthy habits will build your mental muscle. Here are 11 things […]

New Insights Into How The Mind Influences The Body

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Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations. These findings, reported in the online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), provide evidence for the neural basis of a mind-body connection.


Mindfulness Training Cools Inflammation, Study Shows

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There’s evidence that mindfulness meditation can improve how we age and even fight disease. Yet, little is known about the brain changes behind the effects.

A new study may offer clues. The results suggest this type of meditation lowers levels of interleukin-6, which is involved in inflammation.

“We’ve now seen that mindfulness meditation training can reduce inflammatory biomarkers in several initial studies, and this new work sheds light into what mindfulness training is doing to the brain to produce these inflammatory health benefits,” says David Creswell, associate professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.