How to Start Exercising and Stick to It

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You already know there are many great reasons to exercise—from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. And detailed exercise instructions and workout plans are just a click away. But if knowing how and why to exercise was enough, we’d all be in shape. Making exercise a habit takes more—you need the right mindset and a smart approach. Whatever your age or fitness level—even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life before—there are steps you can take to make exercise less intimidating and painful and more fun and instinctive. […]

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.


Why Do My muscles Feel Sore After Exercise?

Article by Yella-Hewings Martin, Ph D. | Found on MedicalNewsToday

Whether you are cramming in some last-minute exercise before the holidays or trying a new workout, beware of aching muscles. But why does your body feel so sore, and what can you do to speed up recovery?

Have you decided to make a start on your New Year’s resolution and take up exercise now? Or maybe you’re looking at stepping up your usual routine ahead of the inevitable excesses of the holidays? The chances are that your muscles will pay the price.


Scientists Identify Weight Loss Ripple Effect

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People who make an effort to lose weight aren’t just helping themselves, they may be helping others too.

That’s the finding of a new University of Connecticut study that tracked the weight loss progress of 130 couples over six months. The researchers found that when one member of a couple commits to losing weight, the chances were good the other partner would lose some weight too, even if they were not actively participating in a weight loss intervention.


5 Simple Mental Tricks To Improve Your Workouts

Article by Mike Goncalves | Found on MindBodyGreen

In order to maximize the benefits of a workout, any workout, it’s what you do beforehand that makes the difference.

Being physically prepared for a workout with the right amount of rest, recovery, nutrition, and hydration are all important factors to consider, but it’s the mental preparation done beforehand that will help intensify your focus, energy, and effort with every workout.

It’s this same type of mental preparation that professional and Olympic athletes use to be successful. Here are five mental preparation skills to help you maximize each and every one of your […]

How to Avoid Heartburn During a Workout

Article by Sharon Gillson  | Found on VeryWell

There’s a new type of burn that you may experience post-workout: exertion-associated gastroesophageal reflux (EAGER). Turns out exercise-induced heartburn happens more often than previously thought.


Proper Exercise Can Reverse Damage From Heart Aging Date:

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Exercise can reverse damage to sedentary, aging hearts and help prevent risk of future heart failure — if it’s enough exercise, and if it’s begun in time, according to a new study by cardiologists at UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources.

To reap the most benefit, the exercise regimen should begin by late middle age (before age 65), when the heart apparently retains some plasticity and ability to remodel itself, according to the findings by researchers at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM), which is a collaboration between UT Southwestern Medical Center […]

Winter Got You Down? Move Around!

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When you’re faced with short days and chilly temperatures, you may find the couch calling out to you ever more loudly. Research indicates, though, that hibernating during winter isn’t such a good idea. According to the Mayo Clinic, diminished sunlight can cause levels of serotonin (the feel-good hormone) to drop, exacerbating our low motivation as we feel more tired and hungry. Being sedentary during winter may also trigger those prone to depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The good news? A Harvard Medical School study suggests that exercise boosts both mood and health, especially during the colder, darker days […]

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.


Exactly How To Use Exercise To Stay Balanced This Holiday Season

Article by Lina Midla | Found on MindBodyGreen

Working out is not only important for getting strong and energized; it’s also a great way to release stress. And let’s face it: We can all use a bit more stress-busting around the holidays. So don’t wait until January 1—make the time for exercise this holiday season, and reap the benefits of how you are able to stay strong, fit, and healthy, even with the extra holiday goodies and regular routine disruptions.

Here are five tips to help you stay active and work in fitness throughout the holidays, while creating great habits […]