How Working Out Sharpens Your Focus and Concentration

How many times have you heard someone talk about the brain like it’s a “thinking muscle”? That’s why we go to school, college, and that’s why we keep learning throughout our lives. We’re practically training that “thinking muscle”. But science has proven that in order to really maximize your brain’s potential, mental exercises and learning are simply not enough.

There is a direct connection between exercising and mental health, and if you really want to enhance your focus and concentration, you should consider working out. We did a bit of researching and we’ve come up with this short guide which should help you understand how mental health, focus, and concentration are connected. Hopefully, this guide will help you find the best way to improve your concentration, focus, and other skills as well. So, let’s not waste time, and let’s get straight to it.

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10 Tips That Can Help You Stay Fit In Your 50s

Staying fit is important throughout your life but even more so as you get older. However, exercise nowadays can be quite expensive and the stress of maintaining the diet or exercise schedule can be overwhelming.

But rather than having bad feelings about staying fit, why don’t you try these tips:

Eat well

Nutrition is a big part of being and staying healthy, especially in your 50s. However, specific diets are often very expensive and tiring for both the body and the mind. Most people fall of the bandwagon just because these put so much strain on you – you are on a diet, everything is forbidden!

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Sleep Better With Almonds???

Guest blog by Dr. Kathryn Woodall, DC

While not all of us are dropped by helicopter into remote places where grizzly bears think we look like tasty treats, and there’s no cell phone reception to get us out in an emergency (…like when bad boots rub your heels raw, the sores get infected, and the infection spreads—don’t ask Ryan about it or he’ll show you pictures!), physical or emotional stress can take its toll on the best of us. Sometimes that toll is our ability to get a full night’s rest. Continue reading “Sleep Better With Almonds???”

Gymnema Sylvestre — Kill Carb Cravings Instantly!

Guest blog by Dr. Kathryn Woodall, DC

There were times in my past when I would walk down the sidewalk and think, “Ooooh la la! Hello sah-weet thang!” My hormones would rev, and I’d experience an overwhelming urge to make that yummy goodness mine right then and there. I mean, seriously!  Who doesn’t feel that way about a perfectly baked white chocolate and macadamia nut cookie? Continue reading “Gymnema Sylvestre — Kill Carb Cravings Instantly!”

Neck Pain Solution — Does Desk Work Give You A Pain In The Neck?

by Dr. Kathryn Woodall, DC

If you work in an office, stop for a moment to take a look at your coworkers. How many of them look like they’re straining to cross a finish line by a head?

Assuming their computer monitor is properly placed, the reason they’re sitting that way probably has nothing to do with poor vision. And they aren’t trying to win some sort of desk bound Olympic dash either.

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A Desk Jockey’s Guide to Wrist Pain

by Kathryn Woodall, DC

Wrist pain can put a real cramp in your style when using a computer is part of earning your living.  Wrist pain makes work feel miserable, and it interferes with your play time, the kind of exercises you can do, and all your day to day tasks. It gets worse if you don’t do anything about it, to the point where simple things like lifting a glass of water can hurt.

The desk jockey lifestyle can easily lead to wrist pain—typing, mousing, and repetitive work all contribute. But don’t despair. There are things you can do to prevent and reverse the conditions that lead to wrist pain. And it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or mess with your current routine. Continue reading “A Desk Jockey’s Guide to Wrist Pain”

How To Avoid Soreness & Stay Fresh – Tips For Your Next Day Of Hard Labor

Spring to me is always the time to pull my camping gear out of storage and dust off my boots. While weekend hikes are great, I try to get one major expedition in per year. You’d think training up for such an excursion would mean pre-trip prep, but what you do on the trail is just as important.

Hiking the 355km Canol Trail was one of the toughest challenges of my career as a travel writer. Each day on the trail, that sixty pound pack, weighted down with a week’s worth of provisions, ground my shoulders and back to dust. My legs quivered with exhaustion as I plodded along in stumbling clumsiness. At the end of the day, my body was a throbbing ball of ache. I expected to be paralyzed with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) each morning, but much to my surprise I woke up fresh, ready to do it all again. What was my secret? Continue reading “How To Avoid Soreness & Stay Fresh – Tips For Your Next Day Of Hard Labor”

Bodyweight Exercise for Martial Arts Part 1 – Upper Body Force Transfer

Bodyweight exercise has been used by martial artists for centuries to build attributes like strength and endurance. All traditional martial arts include specific conditioning methods, and in many cases these methods are considered so valuable that they are highly guarded secrets of the lineage. My own background of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu included the study of Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu, which used the natural surroundings of the forest as implements to condition the body. Continue reading “Bodyweight Exercise for Martial Arts Part 1 – Upper Body Force Transfer”

A Pushup with a Twist

Let’s face it – no one likes repetitive exercise, and boredom a big reason why people fall off the fitness wagon. They simply get tired of doing the same old pushups and sit ups over and over and over again.

If you’ve been hanging around this site for a while, you know we like to mix things up. We try to keep fitness fun while at the same time training the body outside of normal ranges. This increases your movement capabilities, adds new skills, and takes your strength building and fat loss to interesting new dimensions. Continue reading “A Pushup with a Twist”