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Strong Body, Strong Brain

When most of us think of exercise we tend to focus on its physical benefits and especially how exercise improves our appearance. But there's a solid body of research emerging about how strengthening your body can also strengthen your brain and improve memory, concentration, mental health, creativity, and even offer some protection against dementia. In fact, cognitive [...]

Jump rope philosophy

The word "spring" makes me think about jumping rope and as the weather warms up here in the Northeast I have certainly been jumping more with the hope of jump roping another 5K in the next several months, but more importantly with the hope of getting back into decent physical condition. But lately I've also [...]

By | 2018-02-28T13:20:40+00:00 February 28th, 2018|meditation, mind-body connection, mindfulness, motivation|0 Comments

The Power of Magic

Research shows that anything that makes you feel lucky can make you more confident and help you perform better. And, believe it or not, wishing others luck makes them perform better too. In one experiment—a dexterity task that normally took more than 5 minutes to complete—was accomplished, on average, in just over 3 minutes if participants [...]

By | 2018-02-13T17:47:04+00:00 May 9th, 2017|mind-body connection|0 Comments

Don’t Stop Moving

Admittedly I've been at a loss for words lately. Sometimes that happens when you feel like the world is going to hell in a hand basket. But one thing I firmly believe in is not giving up, not quitting, and not letting your adversaries get the better of you. I'll try to keep this short [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:44:18+00:00 November 11th, 2016|mind-body connection, mindfulness, motivation|0 Comments

Skipping My Convictions

Yesterday's #gettothepoint5k was challenging, physically and mentally. After mile 1, my rope froze, forcing me to jump much higher than I had planned with each revolution of the rope. I didn't trip once in the first mile. Afterwards, in the words of the man who won't be president "it was a disaster." I tripped...a lot. [...]

By | 2018-02-13T17:47:04+00:00 October 10th, 2016|jump rope event, mind-body connection, mindfulness, motivation|0 Comments

Getting Out of An Exercise Slump, Part 2

I've been following Leo Babauta's Zen Habit blog for some time now. I highly recommend it. Consider subscribing. This post is adapted from Leo's blog. Now here's Leo: I know a lot of people who fall into a slump, losing the habit of exercise. It’s hard to get out of a slump like that. It’s [...]

Revisiting Play

I recently read an article entitled "In Defense of Play" in the Atlantic by Alison Gopnik, a professor of psychology and an affiliate professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley. Gopnik asks the question: "Why play?" She then answers that question with some fascinating insights, citing everything from evolution to robotics along the way. But before [...]

By | 2018-02-13T17:47:05+00:00 August 12th, 2016|mind-body connection, mindfulness, play|0 Comments

Being Physically Fit Can Boost Emotional Resilience

This post is based on a blog post written by Eric Barker. During my 7+ years of teaching Beastanetics, the one component of the program that has led to more anxiety than any other is the 400-meter run. Some of my students have been absolutely petrified that they couldn’t do it without stopping midway, or without vomiting (and [...]

By | 2018-02-13T17:47:08+00:00 May 26th, 2016|exercise anxiety, mind-body connection, running|0 Comments
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