We know exercise can make us healthier, and in this week’s edition we’ll learn how it may also make us smarter. We’ll also learn why the downward facing dog yoga pose is so good for our bodies and if you want to live a long and healthy life, let the good times roll. Have a look!
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Week in Health.
We know exercise can make us healthier, and in this week’s edition we’ll learn how it may also make us smarter. We’ll also learn why the downward facing dog yoga pose is so good for our bodies and if you want to live a long and healthy life, let the good times roll. Have a look.
Dartmouth College researchers tested four different exercise schedules on a group of healthy young adults. Researchers found that the group that exercised daily, and on test day, had the benefit of a boost in a gene referred to as BDNF, a protein that is thought to help with mental acuity, learning and memory.
For mental health benefits, what really counts is exercising on a regular basis – not the intensity. Researchers say you simply need to get up and move your whole body – even moderately – more than half of the days of the week.
Have you ever wondered why the downward facing dog yoga position is so popular and believed to be so good for the body? One author and acupuncturist tells us why we should strike this pose.
Sara Calabro, author of “Acupuncture Matters,” and an acupuncturist board-certified and licensed in two states, details just how amazing the downward facing dog pose truly is.
The pose activates what’s called the “Bladder Channel,” which is the longest channel in the body. It has 67 acupuncture points that run from the inner eye, up and over the head, down the entire spine, leg, foot and ending at the pinkie toe.
The Bladder Channel is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain in any part of the body that's located along its route. Downward facing dog is unique in its ability to engage, in one fell swoop, acupuncture's largest and most all-encompassing channel. A few more downward facing dogs a day could do all our bodies some good.
Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City studied 243 adults who were near 100 years old and found centenarians are often extroverts who embrace the world from an optimistic and carefree perspective.
The majority of near-centenarians were found to be relaxed, friendly, conscientious and upbeat about life. Importantly, said the authors, an easy laugh and an active social life were observed to be a group norm
High extroversion may lead to a better ability to establish social support networks – which is very good for older people – and to be cognitively engaged.
That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.