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20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science)

20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science) | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

Via Kat Tansey, Jose Luis Yañez, Dionne
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A great book to read to get broader insight into brain plasticity and the growing body of science behind it is The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge. Mindfulness meditation and other psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are proving to be powerful tools for reshaping thinking processes and, it seems, the entire range of cognitive function.

 

Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran (and others) have made significant contributions to brain plasticity research knowledge through his work with amputees. His March 2007 TED talk is highly worth the 23 minutes it takes to watch it. http://www.ted.com/talks/vilayanur_ramachandran_on_your_mind.html

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Every reason to practice mindfulness 

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For those who need science to validate that mindfulness is worth the time, this article is for you

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Vegetable Scraps Go Haute: How to Cook Root to Stalk

Vegetable Scraps Go Haute: How to Cook Root to Stalk | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Save those stems! Across the country, chefs are getting very good eating from parts of our produce we typically trim away. Here are their tips for using every part of the vegetable, plus recipes mindful of making the most of your market haul.
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Sugar is the same, nutritionally, even by any other name

Sugar is the same, nutritionally, even by any other name | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Consumers who think brown sugar is healthier than white sugar, that the large-grained demerara sugar is healthier than brown sugar, or that honey is better than any of them, think again — nutritionally, they're all basically the same, some experts say, commenting on the findings of a new survey of kids' drinks.
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What Dogs Can Teach Us About Wellbeing And Mindfulness

What Dogs Can Teach Us About Wellbeing And Mindfulness | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
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Just as with physical health, mental health is important to living a happy, productive life. The author is right, our neocortical brain gets the better of us when it overthinks.

 

http://www.everyday-mindfulness.org/566/

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Why some thrive and others wither under stress

Why some thrive and others wither under stress | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Scientists look at the personality traits that contribute to resiliency, a quality that can be learned.
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The benefits of exercise: Does workout intensity matter? - The Globe and Mail

The benefits of exercise: Does workout intensity matter? - The Globe and Mail | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
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Run When You're 25 For A Sharper Brain When You're 45

Run When You're 25 For A Sharper Brain When You're 45 | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Here's the latest bit of evidence that exercise keeps the brain fit. Much of the research has been in older people, but this study found that being fit in your 20s makes you sharper in middle age.
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Why High-Impact Exercise Is Good for Your Bones

Why High-Impact Exercise Is Good for Your Bones | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
For stronger bones, sprint. Jump off a box 15 inches or higher at your gym and jump back up. Hop in place.
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What Happens To Your Body After Just One Workout - Huffington Post

What Happens To Your Body After Just One Workout - Huffington Post | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
What Happens To Your Body After Just One Workout Huffington Post Earlier this year, Dartmouth researchers added support to mounting evidence...
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"In a 2007 study, University of Michigan researchers found that a single cardio workout increased storage of fat in muscle, which actually improved insulin sensitivity."

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9 Ways to Boost Your Brain and Mood

9 Ways to Boost Your Brain and Mood | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Harvard neurologist Majid Fotuhi, M.D., Ph.D. recently compiled a list for Everyday Health of ways we can boost our brain and improve our mood.
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Regular exercise improves brain health and stimulates creativity - Health - MiamiHerald.com

Regular exercise improves brain health and stimulates creativity - Health - MiamiHerald.com | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it

TV commercial viewers in the late 1980s might recall a shapely Cher standing toned against moody blue lighting, artful smoke and wind machines tousling her raven hair as she touted a fitness gym she was representing.


Via Charles Tiayon
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A very big part  of the reason exercise help the brain is the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) 

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Active seniors more likely to 'age successfully'

Active seniors more likely to 'age successfully' | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
People who take up fitness later in life are more likely to "age successfully" and stay healthy compared with those who remain couch potatoes, a large British study finds.
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Given that provincial health care costs will grow substantially as the baby boomers age it seems that it should be public policy to incentivize, encourage and generally promote fitness among older adults. 

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Learning Music Boosts Brain Development - IBTimes India

Learning Music Boosts Brain Development - IBTimes India | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Learning Music Boosts Brain Development
IBTimes India
Learning to play an instrument before seven years of age provided best results.
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This is yet one more piece of evidence of brain plasticity. Whether it's due to Mindfulness Meditation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, learning to play music, and potentially numerous other therapies or learned capabilities, the brain shows an amazing capacity to be rewired and reshaped.

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Dave Goldberg’s death points to rise and risks of treadmills in era of smartphones

Dave Goldberg’s death points to rise and risks of treadmills in era of smartphones | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Treadmills account for roughly two-thirds of exercise machine injuries, a study found.
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A man who was running on a treadmill next to me dropped his smartphone on the running pad and it shot out on the floor behind him. He nearly fell as his eyes and attention shifted to the falling phone. I regularly see people on treadmills trying to read or navigate their smartphone screens. The injury statistic doesn't surprise me.

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Sit Less, Live Longer?

Sit Less, Live Longer? | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
If people need motivation to get up from their office chairs or couches and become less sedentary, two useful new studies could provide the impetus.
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The science shows it even though the evidence already showed that exercise will help you live longer and look younger. Exercise lengthens telomeres, the caps at the end of strands of DNA. Long telomeres means the prospects for a longer life are better. I see the evidence in my own skin. Exercise makes it look more youthful and brighter. The effect is evident very quickly and it lasts.

 

 Skip the mud facial at the Spa and exercise. It's much better for you.

 

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Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits

Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Even small amounts of vigorous exercise could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality.
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The runners’ risk of dying from any cause was 30 percent lower than that for the nonrunners, and their risk of dying from heart disease was 45 percent lower than for non-runners."

 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/running-just-5-minutes-a-day-has-long-lasting-benefits/?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=CColumn&module=MostEmailed&version=Full&src=me&WT.nav=MostEmailed

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How Can Being Compassionate Make Aging Easier?

How Can Being Compassionate Make Aging Easier? | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it

By Matthew Mientka

By teaching compassion, researchers say we might improve well-being and longevity for older people.

 

Among the most compassionate people in life are older women, the bereft, and those most naturally endowed with the mental quality of resiliency.

 

A new study from the University of California at San Diego’s medical school relates such empathy for others to long-term health and improved longevity. The findings may offer insights into how others may emulate such qualities to avoid the loneliness and isolation that might bring an earlier death.

 

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A new study from the University of California 

at San Diego’s medical school relates such

empathy for others to long-term health

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Fibre’s surprising new role in curbing hunger

Fibre’s surprising new role in curbing hunger | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
New research suggests it may help switch off feelings of hunger in the brain. But remember there are more pieces to the obesity puzzle
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I need to eat more fibre.

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Younger Skin Through Exercise

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Exercise appears to slow and even reverse the effects of aging on the skin.
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I have noticed this effect with my skin. In fact, I can notice a difference in my facial skin from the time I enter the gym to do a workout to the time I leave, which is usually 90 to 120 minutes later.

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Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown

Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Lawyers may tell you not to compare apples with oranges. But Google's new tool allows you to compare the nutrition of any food in a huge government database. You might even learn something surprising.
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PHOTO: On A Miami Highway, Strangers Help Save A Baby

PHOTO: On A Miami Highway, Strangers Help Save A Baby | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
The stretch of road is known for its treacherous traffic. But on Thursday afternoon, something deeply human occurred on Miami's 836.
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High levels of omega-3 fatty acids linked to larger brain volume in older adults - CBS News

High levels of omega-3 fatty acids linked to larger brain volume in older adults CBS News “These higher levels of fatty acids can be achieved through diet and the use of supplements, and the results suggest that the effect on brain volume is the...
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Sugar Highs and Lows: the Impact of Diet on Cognitive Function (Michael Joyner)

Sugar Highs and Lows: the Impact of Diet on Cognitive Function (Michael Joyner) | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
Sugar Highs and Lows: the Impact of Diet on Cognitive Function (Michael Joyner) http://t.co/vo8VG0MZBB via @OlavDirkmaat
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Doctors encourage 'fist bump' over handshake to prevent illness

Doctors encourage 'fist bump' over handshake to prevent illness | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
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As socially entrenched as the handshake is, it should neverthless be discouraged in favour of fist bumping for this reason.

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Too Busy to Eat? Try These 5 On-The-Go Breakfasts - Entrepreneur

Too Busy to Eat? Try These 5 On-The-Go Breakfasts - Entrepreneur | Fitness and Health | Scoop.it
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Too Busy to Eat? Try These 5 On-The-Go Breakfasts Entrepreneur Dian Griesel, nutrition expert, entrepreneur and author of TurboCharged Recipes (Business School of Happiness Inc., 2012) is always on the lookout for fast, on-the-go foods...
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