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Tai Chi Moves the Body and Brain

One of the most powerful mechanisms to enhance exercise adherence is to participate in exercise that is enjoyable and something you can regularly do with others. Tai Chi just happens to be one of those activities that provides that for people. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that is practiced as exercise in the […]

Exercise and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

In 2016, Hallgren et al looked at the combination of exercise and cognitive-behavioral therapy in a study called Exercise and Internet-Based Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Depression. The aim of the study was to compare exercise and internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (ICBT) and usual care for depression. It is commonly known that exercise has many benefits from physical to […]

Today’s Athletes: Brain or Brawn

In common culture, many assume athletes do not have book knowledge and good students are not athletic.  Often times, due to these societal barriers, athletes are lead to believe that school is too hard and bright students never pursue athletics. However, at the elite levels of sport, specifically the NFL there are many examples of […]

Exercise Smarter, Not Harder

  It is no secret that exercise is an absolute necessity for us all.  Exercise truly is medicine.  Fortunately, it is also cheaper than medicine.  Different types of exercises result in different beneficial outcomes for our bodies. Endurance exercise can improve cognition and also protect the brain from degeneration by elevating a molecule called irisin, […]

HIIT Training

The Effects of HIIT on the Protein, BDNF

We’re all convinced that high intensity interval training (HIIT) benefits our bodies but now there is an overwhelming amount of data supporting the theory that the longevity of our brains’ health also benefits from HIIT.  This is due to a protein found in the brain and spinal cord called BDNF. What is BDNF? BDNF is […]

Fitness

Kids Respond Better to Fun Fitness

When it comes to developing good fitness habits, research has proven that the younger you start, the more likely you are to maintain healthy physical activity levels. That is why it is important to get young people on board with fitness as early as possible. Experts Say: According to the  Center for Disease Control and […]

Aging Brain

Do Your Aging Brain a Favor: Be Active!

One of the greatest concerns about the aging process is the decline in memory and cognitive processing. Numerous studies have explored the role of physical activity in decreasing the potential for various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease. Promotion of healthy outcomes for the aging brain (Merzenich, 2012) requires a comprehensive approach that blends physical […]