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Free Online Class: Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease - Trinity College Dublin

Free Online Class: Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease - Trinity College Dublin | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
In this free online course evidence of the role of exercise in the treatment of a variety of clinical populations including people with cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, paediatric conditions and cancer will be studied.
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One way to find credible information about health and wellness is to search out online courses from strong academic institutions.  Trinity College Dublin is offering this free course, which starts APRIL 18th.  

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Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise - About Meditation

Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise - About Meditation | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Here are my top five observations on why meditation and working out, among many mindfulness techniques, are such a good combination.

Breaking Inertia Is An Inner & Outer Matter
Creating Inner Space on the Cushion & The Treadmill
The Mind-Body Connection is Profound
Measuring Inner & Outer Progress
Building Intention, Focus, and Self Confidence
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I've been attempting to walk mindfully.  I'm open to any advice I can find. 

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How Music Can Boost Our Workouts

How Music Can Boost Our Workouts | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Making music — and not just listening to it — while exercising makes the exercise easier, a remarkable new experiment finds, suggesting that the human love of music may have evolved, in part, to ease physical effort.
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Thanks to Barbara Reuer ( http://www.musicworxinc.comfor pointing out this interesting article

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Hero's Journey Foundation - life-altering adventures for men and women - HerosJourneyFoundation.org

The Hero's Journey Foundation is inspired by teachings gathered from Joseph Campbell, an American professor, writer, scholar and orator in the fields of mythology and comparative religion. Here you will find a variety of programs, events, writings, and experiences that offer a mythical sense of adventure, satisfy a certain spiritual longing, and help to bring forth a more harmonious and vital exchange with the life within and around you. We invite you to live your own life as a hero's journey. 
 
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We are all engaged in our own journies.  It helps to understand the overarchin myth.

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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.
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Sara G N Kerr's comment, December 22, 2012 3:26 PM
Fantastic video.
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Brain Rules by John Medina (Exercise Chapter)

Free chapter from Dr. John Medina's book:


Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.

The human brain evolved under conditions of almost constant motion. From this, one might predict that the optimal environment for processing information would include motion. That is exactly what one finds. Indeed, the best business meeting would have everyone walking at about 1.8 miles per hour. Researchers studied two elderly populations that had led different lifestyles, one sedentary and one active. Cognitive scores were profoundly influenced. Exercise positively affected executive function, spatial tasks, reaction times and quantitative skills.


So researchers asked: If the sedentary populations become active, will their cognitive scores go up? Yes, it turns out, if the exercise is aerobic. In four months, executive functions vastly improve; longer, and memory scores improve as well.



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What Happens to Our Brains During Exercise (and Why it Makes Us Happier)

What Happens to Our Brains During Exercise (and Why it Makes Us Happier) | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

st of us are aware of what happens to the body when we exercise. We build more muscle or more stamina. We feel how daily activities like climbing stairs becomes easier if we exercise regularly. When it comes to our brain and mood though, the connection isn't so clear. Leo Widrich, co-founder of social media sharing app Buffer, set out to uncover the connection between feeling happy and exercising regularly.


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Walking Meditation | Mindful Walking

Walking Meditation | Mindful Walking | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Walking meditation, also called mindful walking, combines the basic principles of meditation, such as breathing, concentration and relaxation with rhythmic walking. “As with traditional meditation, walking meditation can reduce your blood pressure and heart rate, create feelings of well-being, help you sleep, improve your mood and help you manage stress,” says Shirley Archer, a fitness expert who teaches walking meditation workshops at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
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This article presents 5 practices to help you into mindful walking.  The third practice "Find a Mantra" rang my memory bell and helped be understand that all the years I spent hiking and climbing were in so many way mindful walking. 


I used the mountaineer's rest step and a simple chant to climb high passes with a heavy pack. It was very hard work that on occassion lead to bliss. 


Thinking back on those experiences fills my mind with ease. My travel memories are a rich library. Evoking the best of them makes now a more mindful place. 

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Mother's Exercise May Boost Baby's Brain

Mother's Exercise May Boost Baby's Brain | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
A growing scientific consensus suggests that the benefits of exercise can begin to accumulate even before someone is born.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:25 PM

The research is in about excercise and its impact on our brain. Just another piece of the puzzle about the impact of exercise and its importance throughout our lives.

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Doctors rewrite rules on running and heart health

Doctors rewrite rules on running and heart health | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Two cardiologists have reviewed the long-term evidence on the effects of running and heart health, and the message is that running for longer can damage heart h

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Breath is freedom.  The dream of running is a beautiful goal for any heart patient. 

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ozziegontang's curator insight, February 23, 2013 3:16 PM

If you are running with the overstride that this image shows, any long distance would end up somewhere down the road with knee or hip replacement therapy.

Nicole's curator insight, February 24, 2013 8:08 PM

I will use this for the benefits of running section.

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Simplest Way to Get Smarter

Simplest Way to Get Smarter | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Forget the puzzles, games, and mental exercises. There's an easier way to boost your brain power.
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Running songs for 10:00 miles (Page 2)

Running songs for 10:00 miles (Page 2) | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
The best workout songs for running for a 10:00 pace (150 BPM) (Page 2)...


This site gives you beats per minute to help you choose musci for your workouts. 

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Heart Walk Participant Toolkit - American Heart Association Heartwalk

Heart Walk Participant Toolkit - American Heart Association Heartwalk | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
The Heart Walk brings communities together in celebration of progress in the fight against heart diseases and stroke. This inspirational day is filled with energy, excitement and hope! Use this web site to locate a Heart Walk event.


The San Diego Heart Walk is coming up this September 15th!  I'll be walking with my family (and glad to be able to do it!) ~Dennis

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Weight Training Reduces Your Diabetes Risk

Weight Training Reduces Your Diabetes Risk | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Aerobic exercise, such as weight training or strength training, significantly lowers your type 2 diabetes risk and improves your overall health.
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