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22 12, 2015

Want to Get Smarter? Exercise!

By |2017-03-03T12:06:49-05:00December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

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Thanks to Ben Greenfield, "Get Fit Guy"

Thanks to Ben Greenfield, “Get Fit Guy”

People who don’t lift weights often make fun of those that do.

“Why are weight trainers always looking in the mirror?”

“Why are they so vain?”

“They look so big, why does that?”

 

This is what I hear from non-weight lifters. Let me tell you, lifting weights is truly a great experience. Your body responds, builds muscle, works hard and ultimately is stronger. What could be bad about that?

We know that exercise can make your body better. That’s obvious. Can it help your brain?

I just read this; it’s awesome. (I really hate that word.)

You may not know, but your critical memory ability shrinks 1- 2% a year after age 55. Our brain also, a new study found that women who did weight training twice a week for a year had less brain shrinkage than those who trained once a week or did stretching exercises, though the cognitive significance of this effect is not yet clear. Check out Forbes article. 

Wow, maybe exercise does more for us than we think.

Apparently exercise in humans increase the level of protein called neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, in the blood and brain. BDNF promotes the growth and formation of new neurons, and can increase the size of the hippocampus that is linked with improved memory.

My own experience makes me realize that exercising, especially weight training does many things for my mind.

  1. My body feels lighter. I don’t mean that I’ve lost weight, but that I feel better in general. Problems don’t seem as important as they did before.
  2. Lifting weights takes focus. It is hard to think about the rest of the world when you’ve just added more weight to the bar! In between weights, I think about other things but not when I’m actually lifting.
  3. I know it increases blood flow in my body. I have a sense of well-being, which only comes from lifting the weights. I love Yoga and Pilates but weights are different.
  4. It improves mindfulness. Mindfulness is the new health buzz word for 2016. One thing about weight training, it can put you into another zone. I had never thought of it as mindfulness.

Whatever you decide to change for 2016, don’t forget the value of exercise. Stay tuned for more about exercise and cognitive changes.

Lisbeth Calandrino has been helping business improve their sales and marketing strategies for over twenty years. Reach her at [email protected]

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13 09, 2015

Is it Your Obligation to be Happy?

By |2017-03-03T12:06:52-05:00September 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Change, fun, Motivation|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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Who should make you happy?

As I was leaving my Pilates class today, a friend and I started to talk about life. We were sharing how much we love Lois’s Sunday Pilates class at the Y and how motivated we felt after class. Lois is not only a good teacher; she has what we call, “a great soul.” Life is important to her.

My friend said she felt she had an “obligation to be positive and enjoy life.” I laughed and said, “That sounds like another job and I don’t know if I want one.” We laughed and she went further.

“I think about the present and don’t go to the future. This way, I always invest in whatever the moment brings. I want my children to understand how important the present is. What do you think,” she asked?

First I shared the story about my next door neighbor who was absent at our “porch” get together last night.  When someone asked where he was, his wife said he was sulking because he had a birthday the next day.  Apparently he had a melt down and went to bed.  I thought, Is that a luxury or a disease?

(Wow, what a great conversation we are having in the “Y” parking lot. This will make today worth remembering. )

I, like many, often fight to live in the present. It’s easy to think ahead to next week; friends I’m going to see or my Sunday Pilates class.  If you reflect on it, today is the day you looked forward to last week. I told her if I don’t stay with today, it has very little meaning. It’s like devaluing the day, and I forget to put my effort into enjoying the day and making it wonderful. Isn’t it a terrible way to use up a precious day?

We all know what it’s like to lose someone we love or something that was important to us. If we invest in the present, we will know we’ve loved the best we can and something great is bound to come out of it. We just have to make it happen.

It doesn’t matter how simple or magnificent the day is; it may be just enjoying the rain.

If we’re lucky, today will come so why not make it the best day ever? When you think about it, life is just a series of experiences linked together by our thoughts about them. Like a string of pearls, they surround our being.

Let’s focus on having them free rather than strangle us. Okay, she did say let’s go kayaking after one of our classes. Just having the conversation was good; we do need things to look forward too.

If you do the best you can for today, you’ll never be disappointed in yourself.

Thanks to Kristin Appenbrink for the motivational poster.

Lisbeth Calandrino has been a business coach for over twenty years. She helps business build strategies to their success. To schedule a consultation with her, reach her at [email protected]

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