Fall is officially here and although the weather's still giving us sunshine in many states, colder temperatures will soon be here. With the weather changes come the shorter daylight as well, which leads many to curb their workouts. Here's a good video on some tips to get in gear for Fall and stay motivated for your workouts. – Best, Cad
It's really hard for many folks to stick with an exercise or diet program. It really takes strong willpower to stay committed to one's physical goals. As we head into May and closer towards summertime, here's a great piece on how to keep your willpower strong and steady as you start a new exercise program. – Make it a great day, Chad
By Christine Carter, PhD / Huffington Post
Who among us has not made a plan to get up in the morning and exercise, but then hit snooze one time too many, sleeping through our morning jog?
We may have been super-inspired by the incredible brain-boosting properties of exercise. We may have had every intention to start an exercise plan and stick to it. But then… We didn't. Our warm bed sucked us in. We'll exercise tomorrow.
I guess we can change their names to smartbells. Exercise can not only make your body run well, but it's also great for your mind. Read on and please comment. – Chad
By James S. Fell, L.A. Times
Actor Jesse Eisenberg's character in the movie "Zombieland" extolled the virtues of "cardio" as an apocalyptic survival tool. It probably didn't cross his mind it was making him a more scrumptious target for the walking dead.
All supposing a better-functioning brain is also a tastier one, that is. A growing body of evidence shows that regular exercise — be it resistance training or aerobic — helps ward off a host of cognitive impairments and enhances brainpower all life long.
"It's a medium-sized effect — but since we're talking about the brain, medium is good," says Michelle Voss, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Iowa and lead author on a 2011 review of the effect of exercise on cognition.
I'd say very good.
Voss and her team examined more than 100 studies on the topic and discovered some interesting things. Here's one: The brain benefits of resistance training (such as lifting weights) seem to differ from those you get from aerobic exercise. "Aerobic exercise improves ability to coordinate multiple things, long-term planning and your ability to stay on task for extended periods," she said. Resistance training, which is much less studied than the aerobic side of things, "improves your ability to focus amid distracters." Read the rest of this entry »