brain health

Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2013

Having been involved in the fitness industry for over 20 years it has been interesting to see the different trends and fads come and go. Some new fitness trends seem to evolve based on more current research, whereas others tend to become popular simply because a celebrity decided to endorse it.

Based on the developments I’ve seen in the industry over the last few months, the following are what I predict to be Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2013. Now, not all of these trends are necessarily new, but I do see them starting or continuing to trend this year.

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How Physical Exercise Also Benefits Your Brain

Because I recognize that our thoughts and emotions play a huge role in the results we get in our lives, I’ve made a point of “training my brain” as well as my body.  After talking to a good friend of mine about this, he recommended I check out an online brain-boosting program called Lumosity.com.  I did sign up and as much as I enjoy the website and the program, I find it hard to make time to do those exercises with my busy schedule.

Well was I ever pleased to learn about this new study!

As it turns out, new research has demonstrated that physical exercise actually improves your brain health and performance BETTER than specific mental exercises (such as puzzles, brain games, and social interaction).  That’s right, working out actually boosts your brain power (ie: memory, problem solving, reaction time, etc) and slows down the aging process of the brain more effectively than participation in social or mentally stimulating activities.

This is nice to know that I’m in a position to help people improve their brain health as well as their body, and slow the aging process both mentally and physically.  It’s also a relief to know I can kill two birds with one stone as long as I keep up with my physical exercise routine.

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