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yoga and brain health

Yoga Boosts Brain Fitness

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | March 30, 2020 |

Practicing yoga benefits both brain structure and function by increasing grey matter in brain regions responsible for memory recall and emotion regulation, among other changes, according to research findings published in Brain Plasticity (2019; doi:10.3233/BPL-190084). Researchers at the University of Illinois and Wayne State University reviewed 11 studies that examined the effects of yoga on brain structures, function and cerebral blood flow.

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Ice Bath for Exercise Recovery

The Best Way to Use Ice Baths

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | March 30, 2020 |

If repairing and building muscle is a primary goal, people may want to think twice about taking an ice bath after training. New research conducted at Maastricht University in the Netherlands shows that cold-water immersion during recovery from resistance-type exercise reduces muscles’ ability to take up protein for repair and to synthesize protein to muscle building.

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health and wellness coaching

Health and Wellness Coaching Approved as Healthcare Service

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | January 27, 2020 |

Health and wellness coaching has hit an important professional milestone. The AMA has officially recognized the role of health and wellness coaches as nonphysician healthcare professionals by approving procedural codes for tracking health and well-being coaching services. This means that health and wellness coaches who are certified by either the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) or by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. are recognized as Category III healthcare professionals.

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Truespeak Meditation

HELP! I Can’t Meditate… I’ve Tried

By Ell Graniel | January 6, 2020 |

It’s easy to understand how some folks can believe that statement to be true. It’s a lot like how some say, “I can’t exercise. I’m uncoordinated.” Or, “I can’t do yoga. My muscles are too tight.” It makes sense that when you believe there is only one way to accomplish something, it’s easy to feel defeated.

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Outdoor Mindful Movements

Outdoor Mindful Movement Training

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | December 18, 2019 |

Ready to give your mindful movement activities an additional boost? Look for ways to take them outdoors. Findings from a systematic review published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2019; 16 [17], pii E3202) showed that nature-based mindfulness activities have positive mind, body and social effects.

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IDEA Fitness Journal

IDEA Fitness Journal

Current Issue:
December 2019

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