Tuesday 150217

“J.T.”

21-15-9 reps for time of:
Handstand push-ups
Ring dips
Push-ups

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Yesterdays workout had most of us heading to the P Bars to mobilize those forearms.  Today we may need it for the triceps!

Yesterdays workout had most of us heading to the P Bars to mobilize those forearms. Today we may need it for the triceps!

Our Amazingly Plastic Brains from The Wall Street Journal

For years scientist have thought of our brains as machines that were destined to break down over time, but our brains are actually more likely to waste away from underuse than to wear down from overuse.  Exercising the brain with mental and physical exercise can help keep the brain fit and even help it recover capacities lost to disease or trauma.

Scientists believed that the prognosis for most brain problems was grim, the view was that the brain is so complex that it couldn’t restore or repair itself such as other organs.  This sadly was the price we had to pay for the sophistication of the brain.  Many clinicians viewed patients attempts to resist the brains decline with exercise or mental activities as pointless.  The rule for the brain had been “use it and lose it” but now the new rule seems to be “use it OR lose it.”

The view today in neuroscience is that the brain has constantly changing circuits that strengthen and change as we learn new skills, form new memories, and think.

A study by a team of professionals in the U.K. on the risk of getting dementia revealed some amazing findings.  The study followed 2,235 men for 30 years.  The men who took steps were likely to reduce their risk for cognitive decline and dementia by 60%.  Those steps included a healthy diet, not smoking, maintaining a normal body weight, and limiting alcohol intake.  The activity with the biggest impact though was exercise including walking 2 miles or engaging in some regular vigorous physical exercise.

If there was a pill that reduced dementia by 60% it would be one of the most talked about drugs in history but the findings from the 30 years study have been quietly received.

The article the above was reference from contains additional studies as well as other valuable information. Click through to read the entire article.

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