Exercise, Learning, and School

How often do your kids get significant exercise?  We all know that exercise is good for physical health, but did you know that physical exercise also builds the brain?  No matter how old you are, you can always build new brain cells with exercise.  For moms who grew up learning that it was all downhill after 20 because “brain cells start to die around the age of 21,” this is exciting news.  Not only was this false, it was kind of depressing to hear at school! Continue reading “Exercise, Learning, and School” »

Chronic Stress and Your Brain: How to Reverse Negative Effects

What kinds of things stress you out these days?  Bills?  Work?  Family?  We know that chronic stress puts serious wear and tear on our bodies over time, but research is now showing us what chronic stress does to the brain.  This is worth reading because it may explain some of the “brain farts” we all tend to have when feeling stressed out.

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Can Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Be Reversed?

I can think of few things more heartbreaking than Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), but new research is showing that there is more hope than previously thought.  Recent research suggests that aerobic exercise may reverse the symptoms of FAS. Continue reading “Can Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Be Reversed?” »

Addiction and Exercise

Are you trying to quit smoking or stop drinking alcohol?  Are you recovering from a drug addiction?  Do you struggle with prescription drug abuse or a gambling problem?  The best approach to addiction recovery may have been right under our noses all along:  exercise.  What you don’t know about this topic might just surprise you.

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The Two Best IQ Boosters for Kids

New research is showing us fascinating information about the brain.  We are now learning that we can form new brain cells at nearly any age with physical exercise, and that there are two activities that can significantly boost learning capacity by spawning new brain cells:  exercise and music.    Continue reading “The Two Best IQ Boosters for Kids” »