How can Tai Chi help my daily life? Flow more, Force less

I’ve always wanted to learn about Tai Chi but never found the time. I saw a great deal from TennisOne for a course teaching Tai Chi in relation to tennis. So I thought I would take this as an opportunity to learn Tai Chi while also improving my tennis game. Continually moving towards your goals is a principle of Cell …

Brain’s motor cortex uses multiple frequency bands to coordinate movement

 How and why we move is a fascinating topic. We have long known that muscle movement is coordinated through systematically triggering muscles. The trigger pattern determines the type of movement produced. New research has uncovered how this pattern is widespread throughout the brain structures involved with movement. Synchrony is critical for the proper functioning of the brain. Synchronous firing of …

Exercise may slow progression of retinal degeneration

That is the finding of a study in the Journal of Neuroscience. Exercise appears to preserve the structure and function of nerve cells in the retina after damage.  Moderate aerobic exercise helps to preserve the structure and function of nerve cells in the retina after damage, according to an animal study appearing February 12 in TheJournal of Neuroscience. The findings …

Can training your nerves improve athletic performance?

In the last post I asked Why train your nerves? It was a precursor to explaining the value of a healthy and strong nervous system to athletic performance. In fact it is little known that the reason sedentary people improve so much when they begin exercising is because their nervous system adapts very quickly. The reason for the inevitable plateau is …

Can you manage Coronary Heart Disease through physical activity?

The standard explanation of how Heart disease and stroke are caused is pretty well understood. In short the idea is that high levels of the wrong kind of cholesterol I’m not covering the standard stuff we all know about. I’m looking at different angles. The stuff that rarely gets covered. I want to discuss the value of these insights.

Enjoy everyday activities more by knowing how digestion works

Because it’s not what you eat but the way that you eat it it is important to understand that the benefits of knowing why eating while moving can be bad for you? can be applied to more than just moving around. Exercise is is just one situation where dehydration is likely. Being aware of all these situations and activities where dehydration …

Dealing with stomach pains from dehydration

A problem with eating certain types of foods is pain in my stomach during or particularly after intense exercise or any other time I get dehydrated. It is a key reason why eating while or before moving can be bad for you Fibre and dehydration causes pain I’ve noticed it most when I eat a bran, high fibre, type breakfast …

Why eating while moving can be bad for you?

Building on the idea that it’s not what you eat but the way that you eat it it’s important to explain the reasons why moving while eating can be bad for you. Knowing this can make sure it never is bad for you by empowering you to get all the benefits and not the problems. Moving around conflicts with Digestion Besides …

How to exercise more in normal life. Toddlers and Ikea part two

Following up last week’s visit we went back today to get one of the items we saw last week. It was another good time. Much less effort this time since we knew what we wanted. I took the stuff to the car and loaded it while my life and little one got their food. Worked like clockwork really. He was …

Weight Loss: Losing weight is like paying off a loan: part two

In part one I introduced the idea that excess weight is energy loaned to you representing a debt you have to pay off. So you could learn from your experiences of paying off other loans and debts. The question being what works for you. You are who you are so you need to work with what you have. I can …

Weight Loss: Losing weight is like paying off a loan: part one

Ok, this is a chance to have, hopefully a little fun by looking at the challenge of weight loss from a different angle. My career has been about solving problems. I’m in IT so that’s basically the deal. So when I come across a particularly difficult challenge that I haven’t conquered yet I’ve learnt that approaching the challenge from a …

Caffeine and migraine: Report: Today it has made me nervous!!!

Just a quick report. Yesterday I tried having two teaspoons of coffee instead of one. Not a huge change for most people but a lot for me. Oh, and it was normal coffee not decaf. I’ve moved on a long way in my tolerance this past year. I can’t help but notice how tense I have been since yesterday. Totally …

Tackling Diabetes through exercise

At university I learnt how much exercise can do for Diabetes, particularly Type II. Since then I have spent a lot of time researching further to really understand the topic. It just sounds too good to be true. The great thing is that all the evidence backs up what I learnt. Since then I’ve been searching for the best way …

A good night of sleep is like hosing down your filthy brain

Why animals sleep remains one of the enduring mysteries of biology, but new research suggests the primary reason might be to allow cerebrospinal fluid to wash all the gunk out from between your brain cells. Read more The researchers interpretation is that this is literally a cleaning process after a busy day. I would wonder if it’s also a restocking …

How to exercise more in normal life. Toddlers and Ikea

So I just want to be more active in general but most decisions now involve a toddler!! Big challenge huh. Being active is in some ways easier because he keeps you on your toes all the time. The problem is getting anything useful done. He’s at that stage where he needs a lot of attention, is very inquisitive and constantly …

Weight loss: Avoid empty experiences. Make the most of each experience.

One specific thing I have changed is a focus on being in the moment more. I am a confessed workaholic always on the go. Previously I often rushed meals not really noticing what I was eating. So often I would pick something that filled me up instead of something that tasted good. I focused on quantity over quality. These days …