What makes your week tough and what can you do to put yourself in position to win the week? Lately I have been working with clients to address overall wellness. Of course my specialty is exercise science but eventually the mental, nutritional, and spiritual health take their place in our conversations. I know, it’s a lot to process. It will take more than the Training Desk newsletter to make a difference. But I hope these articles are a starting point that equip you to take action and ownership of your health. Most of the articles are for education. But this issue includes a Tweet by Patrick Casey who is a professional runner for Nike and the Oregon Track Club. Casey has seen his fitness take a back seat lately - so don’t get down on yourself, even the pros have setbacks.
“How Exercise Helps Busy Philipps Cope With Anxiety”: I’m still working on helping clients mentally process their workouts and their physically active lifestyles so that they can acknowledge the connections between (good) physical stress and life’s pressures and (bad) stresses. “I feel better, I’m calmer, I’m a better mom, and those fogs of anxiety or sadness seem a little lighter.”
Want to Stay Young Longer? Science Says This Exercise Makes Your Body Act Like It’s 9 Years Younger: Once again, HIIT takes center stage. “Engage in high levels of physical activity, and your cells are more likely to resemble the cells of a considerably younger person.” But high intensity training isn’t for everyone; it’s important to acknowledge that increasing duration has been shown to be effective also. “People who engaged regularly in high-intensity interval training had cells that were more efficient at creating new proteins–which in turn results in reversing a major adverse effect of aging.”
What Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?: Badgers doing the research! This article features the research of Ozioma Okonkwo, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The key number is 68 - find it. Also learn about BDNF - fascinating stuff
Have a great weekend! Happy Training!