The Punk Rope Games took place Sunday, October 27 at Coney Island Brewery on the heels of Wednesday’s final class at the Greenpoint YMCA. Given the horrendous weather forecast I was a little apprehensive, since originally the Games and the scavenger hunt were slated to take place outdoors. But with monsoon-like conditions there was no way that could happen. Fortunately the Coney Island Brewery came through in a big way and allowed us to use a huge chunk of their brand, spanking new indoor space. It was absolutely perfect!
In the end, because of illness, flat tires, and unforeseen obstacles we ended up with 6 teams and 22 competitors including 9 first timers! The Lucky Cats—Seitu, Shana, and Maggie—captured the team championship. Individual champs included: Seitu and Heather (swing swing jump), Shana (double unders), and Joe Katz (crosses). More importantly we donated $1400 to DOVE in honor of Mary Paliouras. We also drank a lot of beer and had a lot of fun. The plan is to do the scavenger hunt in the spring. Stay tuned for details.
Adapted from Mental Health America…
BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) is a protein that creates and protects neurons (nerve cells) in the brain helps these cells to transmit messages more efficiently, and regulates depression-like behaviors.
Endorphins are a type of chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) that is released when we experience stress or pain to reduce their negative effects and increase pleasure throughout the body. Endorphins are also responsible for the euphoric feeling known as a “runner’s high” that happens after long periods of intense exercise.
Serotonin is another neurotransmitter that increases during exercise. It plays a role in sending messages about appetite, sleep, and mood. It is the target of medications known as SSRIs or SNRIs, which are used to treat anxiety and depression.
Dopamine is involved in controlling movement and the body’s reward response system. Due to its role in how the body perceives rewards, it is heavily involved with addictions. When amounts of this chemical messenger are low, it is linked to mental health conditions including depression, schizophrenia, and psychosis.
Glutamate and GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) both act to regulate the activity of nerve cells in the parts of the brain that process visual information, determine heart rate, and affect emotions and the ability to think clearly. Low levels of GABA have been linked to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and mood disorders.
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