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How Working Out is Helping Your Brain

Body Kinetics trainer Edyta Saltsman laid out some helpful tips on how to push yourself to exercise more often. One way to look at it, she says, is to consider the long-term health benefits, which are too many to not be compelled to lace up your sneakers and start working out. Getting physically fit is one of the major benefits, but did you know that exercise also ‘sculpts’ the brain? It’s true; physical activity is one of the best things you can do to increase brain health and here are the reasons why:  Changes blood flow to the brain  A groundbreaking study from the University of Maryland looked at the effect exercise had on the blood flow to the brain. They found that exercise decreased cerebral blood flow in a group of adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), while at the same time improving their scores on cognitive tests. On the other hand, participants without MCI experienced elevated blood flow to the brain while reporting higher cognitive results. In either case, exercise intervened with the circulation of blood to the brain, and both yielded positive results. 
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Beyond the Workout

The importance of regular exercise is immeasurable! Getting the body moving is one of the best ways to maintain our body weight and image, health and wellness. When considering overall human well being from a holistic perspective, there are 3 additional balancing factors that are of about equal relevance as exercise. These are nutrition, sleep (rest), and mental/ emotional health. These components are comparable to the wheels of a car. If any one wheel is out of balance then the car will not run efficiently. Perhaps it can still run, but will be out of balance to varying degrees, and could potentially do significant damage to the vehicle. With parallel to this topic, let’s consider the vehicle the “person”, either in or out of balance. Lets correlate nutrition and hydration as the “fuel”,  sleep as “maintenance”, and mental/ emotional health as the “electrical system”. 
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Are you Nuts?

on Mon, Jul 08, 2019 @ 17:07 PM By | Frank Jandura | 0 Comments | healthy food nuts nut benefits
As a proponent of eating real, minimally/unprocessed food, I highly recommend you consider nuts as a valuable addition to your nutrition program. In addition to protein, fiber and healthy fats, nuts also supply decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and vitamin E in just a 1 ounce serving. Nuts also contain phytosterols, which are linked to be partly responsible for their cholesterol - lowering effect, and disease fighting antioxidants. 
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9 Minutes a Day Can Make the Snoring Go Away. Six Exercises to Reduce Snoring

Researchers in Brazil have found that exercises reduce snoring and can benefit people with moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.   Like 37 million other Americans, I snore. When I tell my friends and clients that I snore and have sleep apnea, they are usually very surprised. The typical response is, “but you are not overweight.” There is a misconception that snoring and sleep apnea is caused by having excess fat around the neck area.
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Keep Your Mind in Your Workout

on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 @ 15:02 PM By | Tom Borromeo | 1 Comment | personal trainer tip exercise goals workout goals mindful workout
It can be tempting to treat your workout as an opportunity for some personal multitasking -- working your body while your mind wanders off to think about upcoming deadlines, family obligations, and dinner plans. But don’t let your mind wander too far! Exercise isn’t just a physical activity: It’s a mental one.
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The tortoise and the hare

on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 16:01 PM By | Kat Blair | 0 Comments | novato personal trainer novato gym fitness goals exercise goals best gym in marin
We’ve all heard it - slow and steady wins the race. So where does that go when it’s time to set fitness goals? Throughout my training so far, I’m seeing that the most common way to exercise is to do... the mindless stuff. Not necessarily physically easy exercise, but mentally lacking direction and oversight.
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Break out of your routine and see results in less than 6 weeks!

Albert Einstein has long been misquoted in saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. While it may NOT have been Einstein that said this, and while this may NOT be the literal definition of insanity...
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Gain Ease of Movement (and Maybe Lose a Few Pounds) with Qigong

on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 @ 12:12 PM By | Claire Cohn | 0 Comments | Qigong in Marin Qigong benefits of Qigong Ease of movement
Do you have trouble moving chairs, taking clothes out of the dryer, or walking up and down stairs? Have you noticed your body doesn't bend and flex as easily as it did just a few years ago?  Maybe it's time to halt the degeneration of your body parts. Would you like to reduce pain? Cultivate vibrant energy and enjoy your life more? Then read on…
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Keep working out during the holiday season

During the holidays, it’s tempting to throw your workouts by the wayside with the promise to start again after the New Year. Research shows that when regular exercise stops, we start to lose the benefit of the previous exercise routine within a few weeks. Ones cardio level starts to wane, and muscle starts to atrophy.
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Make Your Own Chemical Free Hand Soap

Chemical Free?!  That was my response, two years ago, when a friend of mine started selling oils and talking to me about how I can make my own chemical free cleaning products to clean my house.  At first I was like “Yeah, yeah, whatever,” but when she started talking to me about all these chemicals that we come into contact with on a daily basis it made me rethink everything. Why wouldn’t I make my own cleaning products that are better for me and my home as well as the environment?
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