The Best Exercises for Brain Health

There’s a lot you can learn from your elders, starting with the results of a multi-year study of exercise and brain health in seniors.

Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Miami compared results of two sets of brain scans and tests measuring memory and thinking skills in 876 seniors. The tests were done five years apart.

The investigators found a greater mental decline for those who reported low-activity exercises, such as light walking and yoga, compared to those with high-activity levels and exercises like running and cardio workouts.

The difference was equal to 10 years of brain […]

Great Workouts Boost Brains, Even in the Young

By Maureen Salamon | Article Featured on US News

Heart-pumping exercise benefits the brain, improving thinking skills even in younger adults, a small study suggests. For the study, scientists tracked more than 130 adults, aged 20 to 67. The investigators found that aerobic exercise increased participants’ overall fitness as well as their so-called executive function — thinking skills that are key to reasoning, planning and problem-solving.

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Looking To Boost Brain Power? Try This 10-Minute Trick

By Darcy McDonough

Original Article

You probably already know about the myriad health benefits associated with a daily mindfulness practice. Meditation has been credited with everything from stress relief to weight loss and even increasing longevity. But finding the time and patience to actually implement a regular meditation practice can be intimidating. Who has 10—or even five—extra minutes in their busy schedule to just sit down and be? And when you actually do try it out, you might feel like you aren’t getting anything out of it.

Not to worry, though: Turns out, you can reap the brain-boosting benefits […]

Why you feel tired all the time

By Hannah Nichols | Article Featured on Medical News Today

Do you often ask yourself, “Why am I so tired all the time?” If so, this article may be the perfect read for you; we have compiled a list of some of the most common reasons for tiredness and what you can do to bounce back into action. […]

How to Be Mindful Every Day of the Week

Article by Kelly Walsh | Found on Mindful.org

Sometimes opportunities to act with mindful intention fall into your lap: the politeness jam at the four-way intersection, when everyone wants to let the other guy go first; the earnest admission from someone that moves you to respond in kind. But, let’s face it, barring an emergency, mostly our days and weeks churn by without mindful awareness of any particular moment. The funny thing is, any ol’ Wednesday is packed with choice points to notice the present and to engage. Once you start doing it, you’ll be amazed by how many opportunities […]

Here’s What Mindfulness Is (and Isn’t) Good For

Article by Daniel Goleman |  Featured on HBR

While mindfulness doesn’t necessarily work the way the hype proclaims, there are some things that a good mindfulness practice can really help with. By better understanding when mindfulness is the right approach, HR and training programs can better enhance both leader performance and employee wellbeing.

The tricky thing about trying to interpret research about mindfulness is that many studies that claim great things for mindfulness are less rigorous than others, even though they may be peer reviewed. Many have poor controls — or, as in one case, the test group may be properly compared to a group […]

Poor Fitness Linked to Weaker Brain Fiber, Higher Dementia Risk

Article Found on ScienceDaily

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.

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Short-term Exercise Equals Big-time Brain Boost

Article Found on ScienceDaily

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.

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

Article Found on Chalkboard Mag

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.

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