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The way I see it, the time is NOW... for change to come & happiness, health & strength to be found. As of 2012, this has only changed in the way that I have stumbled upon an amazing at home business venture that has given me the avenue to ACTUALLY help transform peoples lives. Funny thing is, that's been my goal all along. So now I not only share who I am here but what I do. The fact is that anyone of you can actually find your happiness & success thru allowing the right connections to occur in your life. If you are on my blog... you made it here because you are looking to shift, strive, smile &/or change. Well now, I can help guide you to do any & all of the above thru personal motivation, life changing products with an outstanding reputation & LONG list of testimonials, substantial savings with our shopping annuity & incredible business opportunities to actually call your own... While never having to leave the security of your current J O B! Never be afraid to give something you know nothing about a chance; at least to hear about it. Then you can make an educated decision to pass it up not an ignorant one. The opportunities exist.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Already took my Isotonix cocktail and ate a big pear along with the parfait Gabi had left from Panera, for breakfast... Started on my first water bottle of the day and don't really know if a workout is in store for me today. I've been busy with my UnFranchise training this morning!! And I still have some work to do.

Weigh in was a delight today!!! Actually at 1?6 lbs!!!! Just 6 more to go and I'll stop wanting to lose more. (This time I promise that I'll be happy!!) I need to concentrate on becoming stronger and increasing my cardio for the half marathon in June...

So for today and tomorrow... I hope that you like this new tid bit of motivation!

Simplest Way to Get Smarter

Forget the puzzles, games, and mental exercises. There's an easier way to boost your brain power

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Sure, exercise is good for your health. We all know that. But exercise is also a scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter.

According to Gretchen Reynolds, author of the soon to be released The First 20 Minutes, a book about the science of exercise, recent research shows that exercise can help your brain resist physical shrinkage and improve cognitive flexibility.

"Exercise," she writes in this New York Timesarticle, "...does more to bolster thinking than thinking does."

Here's why. Your brain is a tissue and so like any other tissue, abuse, lack of use, and especially age causes its performance to decline. Sometime in our late twenties the hippocampus, the portion of our brains devoted to learning and memory, loses about a percent per year in total volume. So it's no surprise that as we get older we naturally lose some of our memory and learning capacity.

But what is surprising is that, just like with your muscles, exercise can slow or even reverse the physical decay of your brain.

While you may have been told (most likely by parents referencing the "This is your brain... and this is your brain on drugs" public service announcements) that once you lose brain cells you can never get them back, new brain cells can be created—and exercise helps trigger that process. By exercising you not only build muscle. You build a bigger brain.

Exercise also makes those new brain cells more effective. According to Reynolds,

Brain cells can improve intellect only if they join the existing neural network, and many do not, instead rattling aimlessly around in the brain for a while before dying.

One way to pull neurons into the network, however, is to learn something. In a 2007 study, new brain cells in mice became looped into the animals' neural networks if the mice learned to navigate a water maze, a task that is cognitively but not physically taxing. But these brain cells were very limited in what they could do. When the researchers studied brain activity afterward, they found that the newly wired cells fired only when the animals navigated the maze again, not when they practiced other cognitive tasks. The learning encoded in those cells did not transfer to other types of rodent thinking

Exercise, on the other hand, seems to make neurons nimble. When researchers in a separate study had mice run, the animals' brains readily wired many new neurons into the neural network. But those neurons didn't fire later only during running. They also lighted up when the animals practiced cognitive skills, like exploring unfamiliar environments. In the mice, running, unlike learning, had created brain cells that could multitask.

So how much exercise is enough to build a better brain? Most studies have focused on aerobic activities like running or swimming. But even walking can make a difference.One study showed that older people who walked for just 40 minutes three days a week took two years off the "age" of their hippocampus—and improved their memory function.

So don't take a walk at lunch just to clear your head.

Take that walk to get smarter, too.


Apr 19, 2012

1 comment:

Connie said...

Talapia and whie rice for lunch... Grilled chicken wrap with white rice for dinner... Not a bad day... had a few pieces of fried cheese but it was Panela... so the cheating wasn't too bad.

Have a good Sunday tomorrow people! I'll log on agan on Monday...