Boost Your Memory – Get Moving

A study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has found that short bouts of exercise might not only be linked to decreased risk of chronic diseases, but increased memory as well.

This particular study involved 36 young men and women who all achieved adequate health status. Each subject was asked to participate in ten minutes of relaxed cycling on a stationary bike. All participants were then asked to undergo memory testing directly following physical activity.

Sixteen of the participants’ brain scans demonstrated a trigger of communication between the hippocampus and cortical brain regions directly following exercise. This particular piece of information is interesting considering both of these regions play a key role in processing memories.

The length of the time that this trigger occurs is not yet known though the lead scientist on the study has reason to believe that it may last at least 15 minutes.

For more information on exercise and improved memory, visit short bout of exercise might boost your memory.

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Strong bodies may build strong minds, according to a meta-analysis conducted by JAMA Psychiatry in June 2018. The physical benefits of weight training have been well known and documented for years. However, this series of 33 clinical trials is demonstrating a clear connection between strength training and reduction of depressive symptoms.

The study assessed various factors such as training volume, strength or muscle mass increase, and health status and found that none of these had a significant impact on decreasing depressive symptoms. Age did not seem to have a significant impact either, as participants of all ages experienced the same impact on their mental health. As long as the participants were strength training anywhere from 2-5 times a week, they would benefit.

This meta-analysis did not assess or compare any other modes of exercise to strength training. It is possible  that other physical activities may have a similar effect on mental health. Strength training should not be used as a replacement for traditional treatments and medication and should only be used as a supplement to treatment for clinically depressed individuals.

For more information on weight training and its effect on reducing depressive symptoms, visit Weight Training May Help to Ease or Prevent Depression.

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Anne and Bev lifting weights at 2:00 p.m., during the afternoon slump!

Every year on the first Wednesday of May, the American Diabetes Association presents “National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day,” to help spread the word on the dangers of sitting for long periods of time.

Here at Diabetes Education Services we believe creating healthy daily habits is imperative, particularly in the workplace. We will be participating this year by doing fun stand up exercises each hour to ensure we aren’t sitting for too long! 

The ADA recommends light physical activity every 30 minutes. Anything from walking to leg extensions at your desk. Help us spread awareness by telling your colleagues and community about National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day! 

To help spread the message, enjoy the ADA toolkit:

 National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day

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Anne and Bev lifting weights at 2:00 p.m., during the afternoon slump!

“Even If You Exercise Regularly, This One Habit Could Undo All Your Hard Work” 

How sedentary is your lifestyle? There are many opinions on what the best exercise routine is.

Presented evidence from the American Association’s Scientific Session, 2017 – finds that it isn’t about the exercises you do, it’s how active you are in general. “In other words, regular exercise is important for many health reasons, but it’s not enough in itself. We also need to remain active throughout the rest of the day.” 

To learn more, check out this article in Reader’s Digest – Even If You Exercise Regularly, This One Habit Could Undo All Your Hard Work

Coach Beverly also provides many helpful Exercise Resources to help you and your patients stay active and healthy!

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A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

Here at Diabetes Education Services, we walk on a treadmill desk and do strength training every day! How do you stay fit?

According to this new article by the Business Insider, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, I-Min Lee, declares that long distance running is actually not the best way to get into shape! In fact, Professor Lee recommends some unsuspecting choices:

  1. Swimming
  2. Tai Chi
  3. Strength Training
  4. Walking
  5. Kegel exercises 

Find out more below:

“A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body”

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