Regular exercise found to counteract brain degeneration and atrophy.

You don’t have to become an exercise fanatic to reap the brain benefits of moving your body. Moderate intensity aerobic activity—such as walking for 30 minutes most days of the week—can help protect your brain from shrinking and keep you sharp. Full article 🧠 https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/the-athletes-way/201511/how-does-exercise-protect-your-brain-degeneration

Increased PhysicalActivity may help fight depression in seniors stimulating muscle-generated mood boosters

Earlier research has shown that physical activity may help to ‘turn on’ genes within skeletal muscle which can then influence the key metabolic pathways that ultimately promote mood-enhancing chemicals, such as serotonin, within the brain. Muscle loss is a common problem in the elderly which may restrict that pathway and therefore increase the risk forContinue reading “Increased PhysicalActivity may help fight depression in seniors stimulating muscle-generated mood boosters”

Healthy competition with yourself and others within exercise groups found to be a highly effective source of motivation to exercise more.

Competition appears to trigger a ratcheting-up of physical activity levels that creates an upward spiral within an entire peer group, according to the researchers. Within a competitive framework, each person’s activity raises the bar for everyone else and creates a contagious chain reaction marked by increased levels of physical activity for the entire group. Conversely, too much socialContinue reading “Healthy competition with yourself and others within exercise groups found to be a highly effective source of motivation to exercise more.”

Exercising with your partner can improve your health, fitness and relationship.

In sum, fitness can be about you, or it can be about you and your partner, so why not share this aspect of your lives, either regularly or just on occasion, and discover how doing so might give your relationship a new dimension and new life. Full article 🤼 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/meet-catch-and-keep/201401/5-reasons-why-couples-who-sweat-together-stay-together

Exercising with others can better improve your mental and physical health than exercising solo.

After 12 weeks, those who were participating in the group fitness class showed significant improvement in their mental quality of life. Group fitness classes can lead to friendships, and friendships are fundamental for stable mental health. Full article 🧑🏿‍🤝‍🧑🏻 https://www.bustle.com/p/is-it-better-to-work-out-in-a-group-5-benefits-of-exercising-with-pals-instead-of-on-your-own-3201376

Moderation for Long Term Exercise

A study from Duke university has concluded that shorter, sharper sessions of higher intensity exercise e.g HIIT training help’s adults to better stick to a longer term exercise programme. It appears that adults prefer to do a higher intensity work out for fewer minutes rather than a low intensity work out for a longer periodContinue reading “Moderation for Long Term Exercise”

Neuroscience Pinpoints Unique Way Exercise Fights Depression

Major depressive disorder is often characterized by depleted glutamate and GABA, Studies show that exercise activates the metabolic pathway that replenishes these neurotransmitters. Vigorous exercise between 80 – 85% of max heart rate increases production of these neurotransmitters which help regulate psychological and emotional wellbeing. Exercise can be used to self-medicate as it stimulates theContinue reading “Neuroscience Pinpoints Unique Way Exercise Fights Depression”