Oh, My Memory! Do I Have POCD?

article-2358493-1AB8C3E1000005DC-623_634x464

It’s been ten days since my shoulder surgery. The nurse was right on when she told me that when the nerve block wore off, the pain would be intense. No, kidding! It was the worst pain I have ever experienced. I’m allergic to all narcotic medications. So, I suffered, enduring every screaming and hollering nerve […]

How Diet and Exercise Protect the Brain

brain-exercise

A number of researchers have studied the link between diet, exercise, and brain health. Among other things, they found that when we exercise, the brain produces more of a special brain-growth repair hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that stimulates the increase in brain connections — dendrites and synapses — especially in the hippocampus. There […]

5 Brain-Boosting Benefits of Cardio Exercise

cardio-workout

You know that logging miles on the treadmill can give you a trim body, but adding more cardio to your life will also ratchet up your smarts, boost your productivity, rev your energy, and turn you into an unstoppable success machine. Even one 30-minute cardio session pumps extra blood to your brain, delivering the oxygen […]

Boost Your Brain Power While At Work And Beat The Stress

brain-power

Multitasking has become a way of life – and work – for many of us. Most of us consider it an acquired skill. We check mails while on a conference call. Talk on the cell phone while driving. Doing two or three things at once is almost second-nature now. But multitasking is not the most […]

Exercises to Boost Your Brain Power

Mental-Concentration

When you work out, a few things probably run through your mind: changing your body composition, burning calories, building more muscle and strengthening your cardiovascular system. But did you know that there is one body part that most of us neglect to think about in terms of exercise? This specific organ helps you do, well, […]

Advice For A Healthy Brain From Dr. Weil

healthy-brain-scan

Fish for a Healthy Brain Here’s more good news about the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and the vitamins found in fresh fruits and vegetables: seniors with high levels of these nutrients did better on tests of mental acuity and had less of the brain shrinkage that signals Alzheimer’s disease. (If you want the […]

Improve Your Brain Health And Performance With Lumosity

brain-areas-lumosity

Lumosity is cool website that helps you train your brain to improve your memory, attention span and cognitive functions. It was designed by neuroscientists and is backed by prestigious institutions such as Harvard University! When you get started, it asks you questions based on five categories: memory, attention, speed, flexibility and problem solving. When you tell […]

Sleep Helps Protect Your Brain

dr-gary-small

I love the way I feel after a good night’s sleep. My body is rested; my mind feels clear and alert; and I am happy to just linger in bed and relax. Of course, this delightful state is eventually interrupted by an alarm going off or the dog barking for me to feed him. But […]

Use Your Brain: Cancer Prevention And Your Mind

fischer-swan-squirrel

Cancer is one of the scariest words in our dictionary. It can strike with no warning and it affects people of every gender, race, age, height and weight. Marathon runners and couch potatoes get cancer. Vegans and junk food lovers get cancer. It may seem impossible to stop. You can turn the odds in your […]

The Year in Fitness 2011

Fitness for 2012

Faster, Higher, Stronger!  Fitness for 2012 If all the Phys Ed columns published this year have a single message, it is that now is a fine time to own a body. The diverse exercise-related experiments published in 2011 and covered in this space each week suggest that it’s possible to retain your cognitive powers, muscle […]