The Part of the Brain Responsible for Exercise Motivation Discovered

Researchers have conducted studies that have found the part of the brain that could control someone’s motivation to exercise; the dorsal medial habenula.

Treatments using this area of the brain could lead to improved treatments for depression, changes in physical activity and the inability to enjoy pleasurable or rewarding experiences.

One of the most effective non-medicinal treatments for depression is exercise. It just so happens that this structure of the habenula controls the desire to exercise in mice. By extension and through research, this area of the brain is the same throughout species for basic functions in mood regulation and motivation for rewarding experiences.

See full article at sciencedaily.com

Moving to Stop the Smoking!

Lessening your impulse to light up could get easier by adding a bit of exercise in your life. People with depression have a more difficult time of quitting and can smoke around twice as much as someone without depression. Those with depression, or another type of mental illness are more likely to pick up a cigarette anyways.

Studies have found that exercising, like taking a brisk walk, will reduce withdrawal symptoms and help your body to produce more of the “feel good” hormones. In the future, researchers hope to use exercise in the treatment of both depression and stopping smoking, but more research needs to be done. The discoveries could bring about an easier way for those with depression to quit with the cigs.

Staying Healthy on the Road

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Traveling at any point in the year is a great excuse to simply give into relaxation and fast food. It may feel relaxing for the time being but the result and the recovery could be catastrophic. Many people don’t even think about the consequences of such actions. Whether it is a vacation or business trip, our minds are sort of programmed to believe fun or business will take up too much time.

Making a commitment to exercise while traveling will have more benefits than letting it slide. Continue a workout routine to keep getting your body in shape. Working out while traveling also gives you the boost of endorphins that your body produces. You will be able to feel better naturally and be able to enjoy a vacation all the more or have a better focus in a business meeting. Here are a few things to remember when desiring to exercise while on the road:

1.       Make a commitment – Making a promise to yourself and keeping it is very important here. Taking the opportunity to keep yourself healthy, even when you are “taking a break” from everything else in your daily life not only boost your health but your confidence as well.

2.       Make it constant – One of the ways to ensure that you will work out is to plan ahead. Give yourself a schedule. Setting aside a time each day to exercise even with a busy schedule will keep at least on part of your life constant while you are away from home. A good rule to follow is to never skip more than one session. Skipping something more than once makes it all that much easier to do it again and to get back on track

3.       Make an effort – Eating more than fast food while on the road will take some conscious effort and possibly extra planning. When it’s possible, choose to eat items with proteins and veggies. Obviously, time and travel are unpredictable and sometimes unhealthy food is the only option available. Make an effort the next you eat to make up for it, or pack healthy snacks until you can find something better.  Also, take extra care of your intake of fatty foods if you plan on drinking while out.

There will always be struggles to overcome in any workout regime and working out while traveling is no different. Making the decision is to do so is the first step in any workout routine.

Total Body Toning- Office Workout

Total Body Toning- Office Workout

For those of you who work in an office like me, it is hard to remember to stay active throughout the day. Take a few minutes of a break each day to work on toning your body with this office workout by Denise Austin.

5 Reasons to Drink Coffee before Working Out

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Coffee is a part of millions of people’s morning routines. Working out is also something that people strive for in the morning. If you would combine the two and have a cup of Joe before a morning exercise, you could have a weight loss advantage.

Caffeine can offer plenty of benefits to your workouts as it is its own superfood. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages for coffee before working out.

Improved Circulation – Recent studies in Japan discovered that drinking a 5 once cup of coffee experienced a 30 percent increase in blood flow for over an hour. It goes without being said, the better the blood flow, the more oxygen for your workouts.

Decreased Pain – Studies at the university of Illinois observed those who consumed two to three cups of coffee an hour before a high-intensity workout. During the workout, they experienced a reduced amount of perceived muscle pain and they were able to push a little bit harder to get better results in muscle strength and endurance.

Improved Memory – Research shows that drinking caffeine improves long term memory for up to 24 hours.

Muscle Preservation – Caffeine also helps to reduce the loss muscle strength in aging. Major effects were found in the protection of the diaphragm and skeletal muscle.

Fuel for Muscles – Drinking coffee along with eating carbs gives more endurance than just carbs alone. Having both will raise levels of glycogen, energy stored for strength moves and endurance during a workout, up to 66 percent.

 

 

Remember, it is important not to overdo it. The recommended amount of caffeine for enhancing performance is about 6 mg per kg of body weight, or about a 16 ounce cup of coffee for a 150lb woman. Try to incorporate it in healthier ways than just adding creamer and sugar by adding almond milk or blending it into a smoothie. Keep a steady, regular intake so that your body adjusts and don’t forget that water should always be the main drink of the day.

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