Archive for the ‘exercise’ Category

Do Olympians Have Better Brains?

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You bet! Numerous studies have shown that exercise not only improves cognition but also helps brain cells regenerate.

So what does this mean for you? Walking, swimming, bicycling and other forms of aerobic exercise will not only help you look and feel mighty fine, but improve your memory, processing speed and executive function now and for years to come.

You already know that positive habits and routines help you function more effectively. So scheduling regular, daily exercise…even ten minutes on a stationary bike or treadmill every morning… can boost your brain better than chugging some java and give you a better brain over time.

If you’re already going, “yeah but” followed by your lack of time or some other excuse (I mean reason) then consider parking your car farther from location destinations, taking stairs rather than elevators, or some other creative way to get the moves in.

Check out a recent Scientific American article for some eye-opening details:

www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-does-exercise-benefit-cognition/

Talk to me about replacing “bad” habits with ones that are beneficial.

Addressing ADHD: A Whole Person Approach–video series

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• Are you someone who fears the clock? Does it seem like you don’t have enough time to do what needs doing?
• Is losing and forgetting and issue for you? How many times have you lost your keys? Cellphone? Umbrella? Mind?
• Are you terrible at delegating — whether to other people, or to technology.
• Is procrastination an issue for you?
• When you do begin a task, are you likely to get sidetracked?
• Are you more likely to focus on your failures and overlooking your successes?
• Have you been criticized by others for your behaviors?
You may have Attention Deficit Disorder–ADHD. Coaching is one way to get the support you need to address your challenges. But there are others. Find out what other professional have to offer in the Addressing ADHD video series on YouTube.

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Synchronize Your Brain

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Do you: have trouble prioritizing, show up late for appointments or miss them all together, find it hard to set boundaries, procrastinate, have to circle around work before starting? These issues and others are frequent challenges for those of us with ADHD.

Getting organized may be easier said than done. However, it is possible to make improvements in all of these areas. If you have attention deficit disorder it is a neurobiological condition. It’s how your brain works (or doesn’t).

So let’s look at how to help your brain function optimally. That might include getting sufficient sleep. Develop a sleep/wake schedule and routine. Exercise is also good for your brain and your body. Your diet is how you feed both your body and your brain, so think about what you eat and what nutrients you’re getting. Posture is important, too. Your brain and spinal cord are constantly communicating with the rest of your body. If you’re out of alignment you have a road block in communications.

Stay tune for upcoming posts that will feature tips in all these areas and more!
Let me know some of your challenges so I can have my collaborative network of experts share ideas and advice.

ADHD, Depression and the Exercise Cure

Fitness trainer, Susan Reeds shares how exercise helps with depression. Take a look:
“I live with depression. It runs in my family. Though they would never admit it, my mother, grandmother, and untold generations before us have had it, wound intricately into our DNA like blue eyes and incorrigibility. The problem is that I grew up with the mistaken belief that depression was less a disease than a moral and spiritual failing. And so I hid it, like so many parts of my personality. I coped, laughed it off, and tried to be a good, moral person. I’m sure you know how that works out. Stuffing something down always forces it to the surface in unfortunate and public places. It made me sick and overweight.
At times I have used medications to break through the cloud of sadness and despair. Since I discovered fitness, I have managed it with a regular routine of almost daily exercise. Dozens of scientific studies concur: exercise releases endorphins, promotes better circulation and muscle tone, improves sleep and self-esteem, and is an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression. Often people with ADHD suffer from depression because of the contact frustration of having to work harder to function in their daily lives. Often people with ADHD are misdiagnosed with depression first. Rather than treat the depression, many experts believe that helping the person with ADHD can alleviate symptoms of depression. Exercise has also been shown to be incredibly effective in treating ADHD by raising the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, which help with cognitive function. Activities like hiking and trail running, mountain biking and martial arts stimulate the brain/body connection, improve balance, and keep the brain continually engaged. I’ve experienced first-hand how a regular fitness routine has helped boost my mood and settle my brain. I also use other tools for helping my brain reboot – healthy diet, rest, acupuncture, a certain level of order in my physical universe, spending time with loved ones, my quirky sense of humor.
The journey we are on, as individuals and as a community is not the road to “perfection” but becoming more whole and balanced, more of who we are supposed to be. I struggle, just as you do, to find balance, find a way around obstacles, break through barriers, and in the end, become more of the human I am meant to be.”

Susan Reed is a personal trainer, certified through the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.). She has been training groups and individuals since 2003. Her website is UrbanAgility.com.