exercise

Genetic Risk for Dementia Offset by Healthy Lifestyle

We’ve all heard grandma chiding us to eat our fresh veggies and fruits; “an apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Now scientific research offers an interesting twist on that perspective: “an apple a day keeps dementia away!” Indeed, healthy lifestyle choices not only increase our lifespan but also help increase our aging brain power.… read more

Time for a Life-giving Summertime Stroll

It has been estimated that half of all adults in the United States will develop a serious chronic disease in their lifetime, but what can be done to lower these prevalence rates? Recent research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine suggests that the amount of time spent sitting or lying down may negatively impact… read more

The Importance of Exercise for Young Adults

We all know and understand the overall health benefits of exercise at any age. Current research has revealed the unique importance of exercise for young adults, and how it can impact lifestyle, brain function, and future quality of life. Many young adults (age 18-35) are encountering life changes such as career development, marriage, and parenthood… read more

A New Year; A New Brain

It was the evening of January 1st, 2019 when my oldest son garnered the family’s attention at the dinner table. “It’s New Year’s Day,” he announced with a dramatic flair, “and I’ve got something important to tell you all.” While his tone was serious, I detected a twinkle in his eye that alerted me to… read more

Holiday Hangovers, Stress, and the Brain

Imagine it: Pounding headache, sour stomach, and fatigue like a heavy blanket willing me to close my eyes. Fifteen minutes before I needed to be at the office; enough time to stop for coffee. The decaf latte would be more a distraction than a caffeine rush but hopefully help me snap out of it. No,… read more

Running Laps Around Education

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in America. With an ever-increasing use of computers and other technological learning devices, the typical classroom has become far more sedentary than it was even twenty years ago. Left to themselves, these iGen kids will tap, post and scroll through social media rather than ride ride a bike or… read more

From Couch-Potato-Kid to Athlete: Social Media Motivation

Peer pressure generally gets a bad rap, followed closely by the banality of social media. Yet recent research published on Nature.com reveals an exciting benefit from the peer pressure of social media networks. A group of preteens participated in a study to ascertain the effectiveness of social media to motivate and affect changes in exercise… read more

Physical Fitness For Obese Teens Leads to Improved Cognition

New Pediatric Research published by Nature.com investigated the cognitive impact of weight loss in obese adolescents. The link between obesity and many other medical problems is well documents, yet there has been little research on the correlation between weight loss and cognition. Thus, scientists evaluated 62 medically-obese teens before and after a 30-week program for… read more

Fit Body, Fit Mind: Exercise Your Way to a Healthier Brain

By Terissa Miller, MS Psy She ran on ahead as I stopped to take a swig from my water bottle and relish the cool shade of a sprawling cypress tree. Her strong, trim figure disappeared around the curve of the hike-&-bike trail, but I wasn’t worried. This had been her daily run for as long… read more

Hey Kids! Yoga Away Your Stress

Even kids need an outlet for stress and anxiety. Researchers at Tulane University examined the impact of 8 weeks of yoga and mindfulness training on the anxiety symptoms of third graders. Not only did yoga improve symptoms of anxiety, it was also associated with improvement in emotional and psychosocial quality of life. So, get your… read more

Stress Got You Worked Up? Work Out!

The effects of chronic stress on the memory center of the brain can be reduced by running. Researchers at Brigham Young University investigated the impact of stress on the connections between neurons in groups of mice who were either sedentary or who ran 5 km per day on a running wheel. The mice who ran… read more