Body & Soul March 2017 Newsletter
how a healthy lifestyle impacts your brain
When you think about "brain" health, what typically comes to mind? For some people, the answer might be puzzles or mathematical problems - activities that provide a sense of mental stimulation; however, did you know that physical activity and a healthy diet are just as important for your brain's health? Read more...
You might have heard that regular exercise can help with your mood, sleep quality, ability to focus and blood circulation but did you know that regular aerobic exercise can actually physically change parts of your brain? A study done at the University of British Columbia found that getting your heart rate going with aerobic exercise can increase the size of the part of the brain that involves verbal memory and learning - the hippocampus.1
Upon studying adult rats and the link between body mass index (BMI = kg/m2) and the size of the hippocampus, Australian researchers found that test subjects who were overweight (with a higher BMI) tended to have a smaller hippocampus. Further research noted that those with a higher BMI tended to have more inflammation in the brain which was "caused by the release of a molecule from fat cells."2
To summarize, maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle (through diet and exercise) can help keep your brain healthy! You may also be interested to know that brain awareness week (BAW) takes place between March 13th and 19th this year! Learn more about BAW here.
fitness tip: are plyometrics right for you?
Plyometric exercises typically involve repeated rapid stretching and contracting of the muscles (i.e. box jumps or jump squats). Athletes generally benefit from such exercises as they help improve speed, muscular strength and power.3 For some people, plyometrics are a great addition to their workout. Read more...
However, due to the exercises' intensity and stress applied to the joints, they are not for everyone. Please speak with your trainer before incorporating plyometric exercises into your workout.
nutrition tip: plant protein vs. animal protein
Is it better to get protein from plants or animals? The truth is that there are possible drawbacks to getting your protein from only one of the two sources but neither necessarily trumps the other. For instance, though some animal proteins include high amounts of saturated fat and dietary cholesterol, they also contain all of the essential amino acids necessary for your body to build protein.4 On the other hand, though plant based proteins don't typically include all amino acids, individuals who eat only plant proteins tend to have lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels and tend to have a lower body mass index.
Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Friday April 14th to Sunday April 16th for the Easter weekend. Studio will re-open Monday April 17th at 6am. We hope that you have a safe and lovely long weekend!
Introducing Physio's Corner!: As you can see, we have added the physio's corner to our monthly e-newsletter. Michael Hales of Halestorm Physiotherapy & Sport Conditioning will now be contributing monthly articles to the Fitness File!
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