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Movement is Good for our Brains

Multiple studies have shown that exercise, even walking, massively improves cognitive and creative brain function.

Harvard professor John J. Ratey, in his book Spark, tells the story of a school in Naperville, Illinois, that scored 1st in the world in the international science TIMSS test.

This is not some private boarding school. It’s an average school, except for one thing…it has a physical fitness requirement. Compared to the national average (30%) only 3% of the population at Naperville is overweight.

The fact that Naperville is the fittest school AND the smartest school supports that regular exercise is good for our brains.

Not all our kids are sporting superstars, but all of them need to move, even if it is small amounts.

How do we get our kids moving?

  • Walk the dog
  • Take them for a walking chat.
  • Encourage different study positions, postures and move regularly
What Are The Common Co-morbidities?
1. Cardiovascular disease + arthritis
2. Arthritis + back pain

Co-morbidities describe the appearance of one or more additional diseases or disorders co-occurring with a primary disease or disorder.

  • The most common Co-morbidities for males is back pain, cardiovascular disease and mental health
  • The most common Co-morbidities for females is arthritis, mental health and cardiovascular disease.
  • For the age group 0-44 year olds the most common were mental health problems, followed by back pain and then asthma.

 

In the points above, diabetes, cancer and COPD are the least reported. However it is people with these conditions that are most likely to have a co-morbidity. Some of the co-morbidities are precursors to other conditions i.e. diabetes to cardiovascular disease, people with asthma are more likely to develop COPD.
As the population ages and is generally more sedentary, there will be a greater cost socially and economically caused by co-morbidity.
Preventing some of these co-morbidities by addressing lifestyle choices and having access to health care facilities and programs can help people have good health and prevent illness. SO GET MOVING!  

 

 

5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor Or Health Care Provider
Health care can be a confusing area. You can be sent for tests or scans and not be sure why you’re having them. Given that none of us (government included) have endless pockets to spend on our health care, how can you make sure that you are spending your money wisely and yet not take risks with your health? Here are some questions that can help you and your doctor make the correct decision for you.

 

 

The Runner’s Groove: 18 PHYSIO TIPS

1. Start with time and not distance: When starting a program concentrate on how much time you are spending running and not how far or how fast. With the proper base of “time in your legs” distance and time will be easily worked on later.

2. Don’t crush the egg: Tension in the arms and upper body can restrict or running economy and waste a lot of energy. It will also make the breathing muscles work harder and less efficiently. An old athletics coach once told me to pretend I had eggs in my hands. It means you don’t clench, and keeps the arms less tense.

3. Learn from your mistakes: Do you have a past history of running injuries? Did you overtrain or breakdown? Think back to what worked and what didn’t and don’t make the same mistakes. Send us your questions if you are unsure.

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