Archive for November, 2010

Depression & Exercise: Run Your Way to Happiness

Go to any gym across the country and you’re likely to find quite the variety of folks “getting their workout on.”  You may notice a couple Tara Reid doppelgangers on the stair stepper who appear to have been there for the past 12 hours, a cluster of guys wearing 1980’s style muscle shirts swarming around the bench press, a few big-boned characters “jogging” on the treadmill and, last but not least, a smattering of normal folk trying to stay in shape.  You can’t help but wonder, “What motivates these people to exercise day in and day out?”  Is it pure physical gains? Psychological?  Neuro-chemical?  Social?  The answer is probably a combination of all of the above.  Of note, however, is the psychological effect of exercise.  We’ve all experienced the endorphin-rich high after a good workout.   What if we harnessed that positive feeling…could it help with depression?  This simplistic yet promising thought has to have crossed the mind of a psychiatrist the world.  Well, it turns out is has.  We decided to hit the textbooks and scientific journals to get to the bottom of the issue.

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11 2010

Goodnight…Sleep Tight…Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

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I want you to think to yourself for a second.  Have you ever said “sleep tight…don’t let the bedbugs bite” to address someone (probably a child) before going to bed.  Chances are you probably have, and there is an implied understanding that we are simply wishing a person a good night sleep.  But what really are these bedbugs that “lie” at the end of this common colloquialism?  If you have watched the news or read a newspaper anytime in the past year, you were bound to see headlines of a bedbug epidemic that the citizens of New York City are still battling tooth and nail.  Furthermore, since the announcement of the NYC “epicenter” there have been numerous large urban cities across the country stricken by their own epidemic.  It is obvious that these creatures are our common enemy (especially if you have seen the exterminator bill after an eradication treatment), but what makes them such a formidable opponent?  More importantly, what are the medical ramifications of an infestation and recurrent bites?

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11 2010

TRAINER: The November Program

by Courtney Walberg, RD, NASM-CPT | CW Nutrition for Body & Mind

Life is about rising to the challenge. The more you try, the greater the chance to succeed. “Functional fitness” is exercise that trains you using movements from your daily life and subsequently improves your performance. One important note is that you do not need to always go to the gym to exercise. The more diverse your training regimen is the better.  Diversity constantly challenges your body in new ways and keeps your training exciting.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees states that, “you have to know your body and listen. There’s such thing as good pain and bad pain. It’s knowing the difference between the soreness that you can work though, and the times that I feel like my muscles are so fatigued that it’s counterproductive to my goals and the team’s goals.” This month, we will focus on a variety of exercises to improve total body strength, power, speed and rotational core, while preventing overtraining.

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11 2010

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