Did you know that your ability to create and store memories is primarily dependent on one area of your brain? It's called your medial temporal lobe. An article published in the LA Times this month highlights researchers exploration of this critical brain function and we just had to stop and tell you about it!
We'll cut to the chase to spare you the suspense!
The study focused on healthy adults between 45-75 years of age and found when they spent 3-15 hours per day sitting down, they lost 2% of the thickness in our medial temporal lobe. This translates to a direct loss of brain cells in the area of our brain that is responsible for learning and memory.
So, this weeks motivation for you to move starts with one action: standing up. If you can stand up, do it.
Stand while you wait for a table at a restaurant. Hold or suggest a standing or walking meeting at work. Whenever you can, channel you're inner Gloria Estefan and "Get On Your Feet"!
If you have bone or joint problems or challenges with your posture; simply standing can be quite uncomfortable. This means it may take getting stronger and more mobile before you can stand for long periods and this is perfectly okay. One of the benefits from our exercise programs at Defy Aging, besides being fun and playful, is improvement to your mobility and posture.
Simply trying out our 3 week FASTSTART program can help you make big changes in very little time.
Always start where you are now. If you can stand, do. If you can't, do something to help support your ability to stand. Your brain will thank you!
In language, we speak of balance in relation to measurement. The definition for balance uses words like “even distribution”, “equal and correct portion” and “a steady state”.
This make sense when we are able to use an actual measurement outside of ourselves. But how do we measure and understand our own ability to balance?
That’s an internal experience and there are few tools for the average person to use to understand exactly what’s going on in order for us to literally balance.
Lucky for us, all it takes is a shift in our perspective. The definition above gives you one way to look at balance. In today’s blog, we ask you to try on another.
What if instead of precise measurement and control or even distribution of weight; balance simply takes movement?
When you stand still, you are not actually motionless. There is a constant state of action and reaction between the systems of the body. This make you seem still.
I’m referring to your proprioception here. Proprioception is your ability to know where your body and all its relative parts are in space.
When you practice balancing by moving, it improves your ability to know and to choose where you are in space.
Even when you trip or miss a step, your ability to recover improves if you’ve practiced responding to the ways in which your feet hit the ground.
From this perspective, balance isn’t something you lose unless you stop moving. Likewise, when you start moving and keep that momentum going, your balance will improve.
Need to generate new momentum for yourself? Come join our Fast Start Program. It’s a short term commitment (just 3 weeks) for a long term gain and a good way to test the theory that more movement improves your balance!