Physical Activity

Can Exercise Really Make You Smarter?

So, you already know that exercise is great for your physical health, and chances are -- because you're reading this blog -- you know exercise is beneficial to your mental health, too.

However, did you know that exercise could be good for your brain in other ways, too? Specifically, helping your brain function better? Making you smarter?


When Exercise Makes Your Anxiety Worse

When thinking about how it relates to mental health, many people associate exercise with a way to manage anxiety -- not something that makes anxiety worse.

However, working out absolutely can increase a person's anxiety. Typically, what happens is a certain kind of exercise triggers a stress response in your body, which means your cortisol levels increase and your anxiety skyrockets.


Create a Stronger Sense of Purpose for a Healthier Life

What is a life purpose? Why does it help to know your life purpose? What if you don't know, or don't think you even have one? How do you figure out what your life purpose is?

Several days ago, we took a look at a recent study related to life purpose and health behavior. Specifically, how a person's sense of life purpose relates to how easily the person deals with health-related behavior changes.

Behavior changes are relatively simple -- in theory, maybe not so much in action. It's easy to think about a behavior, recognize that it needs to be changed, and what it needs to become, yeah?

General Healthy Living

Healthier People Have a Stronger Sense of Life Purpose

When you're faced with health-related behavior changes, do you freeze up? Do you struggle to make decisions as simple as whether to take the elevator or the stairs, or bring a salad to work instead of surviving on break room donuts?

On a seemingly unrelated but actually totally related note, would you say you have a strong or weak sense of life purpose?

Keep those answers in mind.


3 Things You Can Lose at the Gym (That AREN’T Body Weight!)

A few days ago, while I was riding a stationary bike at the gym, an older gentleman we'll call Greg walked up to me and said, "You know you can lose a lot more calories on the elliptical or treadmill, right?"

Lose a lot more calories? I thought. I’m not trying to lose calories. I’m trying to gain leg strength and endurance...

I just smiled and thanked him, and told him I was winding down after a pretty intense weightlifting session (which was true, too).

After the exchange, I started thinking. So many people assume we’re at the gym to lose weight (especially us girls -- sorry y'all, but you know it’s true). Sure, I wanted to drop a few pounds when I joined, but I've since learned there's so much more to gain at the gym -- and I'm not just talking about muscles and strength.

However, I realized Greg had an unintentional point: There are things to lose at the gym -- they just go way beyond weight.