B well – B active: little healthful tidbits that go a long way.

You will find that both your mood and your energy improve when you work out.

This advice feels as repetitive as the fifteenth bicep curl, but the fact remains: Exercise is, hands down, the best anti-ager.steps

Everyone has a different strength capacity & choice of what works for them.  Ideally the best strategy for me is a combo of running, yoga & weight training.  When done properly (which is not always the case) it’s a winning combination.  A lot of times I don’t really get around to using actual weights as I should so sometimes I’ll run with little wrist weights and hope that the running and some yoga moves are enough weight bearing exercise.  Do what you can – no excuses.  Also try not to beat yourself up when you can’t bust a move like the yoga instructor – pigeon anyone? It’s best not to stress.  Read on…

 John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Little, Brown), explains how a little sweat can rewire your brain.

sparkA fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer’s.  Some questions:

How does aerobic exercise help the brain:  “It improves your brain’s ability to form new neural connections.  It promotes blood flow to the brain, creating a rich environment for brain cells to grow and withstand stress.  It also appears to trigger the growth of new brain cells.”

Which exercise is best:  “Look for activities that get your heart rate up to the point where you’re sweating but also provide coordination challenges.  Activities like tennis, Zumba, kickboxing, or spinning all force you to plan your next move, which makes your brain work harder than if you were just doing a rote movement.

How can I tell if it’s working?  “You should notice an improvement in your overall feeling of well being.  If you don’t, then you’re probably doing too much – more than 90 minutes a day – or too little.  When people start an exercise program, they often overdo it, which not only increases risk of injury and burnout but also can impact brain function.  Once you work out, you should find that your  mood and energy improve for the rest of the day.

Fill in the blank – I work out because……………………….

“I work out because I feel stronger and healthier and it makes me look better”

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