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TWO WAYS YOUR BRAIN BREAKS AND EXACTLY WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT: PART 1

TWO WAYS YOUR BRAIN BREAKS AND EXACTLY WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT: PART 1

Welcome to Chapter 22 of Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life, in which you’re going continue to discover the two ways your brain breaks, and exactly what you can do about it. Have you ever woken up and stumbled out of bed to your computer, or perhaps even simply pulled your laptop or smartphone out from besides the bed, and [...]

Can you exercise your way to youthful skin?

Can you exercise your way to youthful skin?

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health. If you need a nudge toward the gym or your running shoes, science has delivered yet another reason – your skin. According to new research, exercise may prove to be the best [...]

The exercise-induced growth hormone response in athletes.

The exercise-induced growth hormone response in athletes.

Human growth hormone (hGH) is secreted in a pulsatile fashion, generally following a circadian rhythm. A number of physiological stimuli can initiate hGH secretion, the most powerful, non-pharmacological of which are sleep and exercise. hGH has many varied roles throughout life, from growth itself, including the turnover of muscle, bone and [...]

Exercise isn’t just good for shedding fat and toning muscles. It can help keep the brain in better shape, too.

Exercise isn’t just good for shedding fat and toning muscles. It can help keep the brain in better shape, too.

Exercise isn't just good for shedding fat and toning muscles. It can help keep the brain in better shape, too. When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called neurotransmitters, including dopamine, which helps with attention and clear thinking. People with ADHD often have less dopamine than usual in their brain. The stimulant [...]

Health benefits of possessing a sense of purpose in life

Health benefits of possessing a sense of purpose in life

Spurred by a recent article published in Psychological Science by my colleague Patrick Hill of Carleton University, much attention is being paid towards the health benefits of possessing a sense of purpose in life1. Analyzing 14 years of data from over 6,000 participants in the nationwide Midlife in the United States (MIDUS), Dr. Hill discovered [...]

Routines Can Ease a Busy Life

Routines Can Ease a Busy Life

Daily routines help you be more efficient and provide comfort—rituals provide relief from the day’s ever-changing events. In the next paragraph, I describe my daily routine in hopes it will encourage you, not necessarily to adopt my routines but to jumpstart you toward creating your own. When I wake, —in violation of standard [...]

You can see that the brightest of the bright have not Ruled out on the possibility of the existence of an Intelligent Designer

You can see that the brightest of the bright have not Ruled out on the possibility of the existence of an Intelligent Designer

Have you ever heard the claim "all smart people are atheists", or maybe its inverse: "people who believe in God are dumb"? It's quite a pervasive urban legend, and one which I've known is false for a long time, but I didn't realize just how false until the other day. I recently decided to do a quick cataloging of the ten highest IQ's on earth, and [...]

Meditation’s effect on key brain Chemicals

Meditation’s effect on key brain Chemicals

Meditation boosts Endorphins. Endorphins are a category of neurotransmitters that the body uses as an internal pain killer. These compounds are also responsible for the all-encompassing sense of happiness we sometimes feel. Endorphins are thought to reduce blood pressure and have been linked in the fight against cancer. People who [...]

Use Your Mind to Change Your Brain How to overcome self-defeating thoughts and actions by Rebecca Gladding, M.D.

Use Your Mind to Change Your Brain How to overcome self-defeating thoughts and actions by Rebecca Gladding, M.D.

I realized today that in all my posts regarding the brain and how to sculpt it with mindfulness, I’ve never actually explained how and why meditation works. Specifically, the science behind how your brain changes the longer you meditate. I think this is important for many reasons, but one of the most salient is that this information serves as a [...]

The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better

The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better

Meditation yields a surprising number of health benefits, including stress reduction, improved attention, better memory, and even increased creativity and feelings of compassion. But how can something as simple as focusing on a single object produce such dramatic results? Here’s what the growing body of scientific evidence is telling us about [...]

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