The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 7: A Brain Reset

True confession: I’m writing this post when I should be at my swim class. I was super duper massively tired today and gave myself permission to take a little bit of rest…but something tells me I could have just as easily been okay if I’d jumped in the pool and done what I could do….

Quotables Week: Marty Seligman on the real power of exercise

Today’s notable quote comes courtesy of University of Pennsylvania psychology professor and the founder of the field of study known as positive psychology, Martin Seligman. This quote is from Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. From p. 218 of the paperback edition: Just as optimism is a subjective health asset for cardiovascular…

Quotables Week: John Medina on exercise as the first “Brain Rule”

If you’re looking for a gleefully lively, eminently readable, thoroughly engaging book to give as a gift this holiday season, I’m going to jump right out there and tell you which one to buy: John Medina’s fabulous Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Medina is a…

Science Wednesday: Stretch. That is all.

Ever feel like you’re walking around on muscles that feel like rubber bands that are stretched too tight? Yup. That’s what it feels like in my shoulder right now, and that means it’s time to stretch. Flexibility is one of the three key pillars of fitness (the other two are cardiovascular exercise and strength training)….

Tuesday Workout of the Week: Just move. Really.

Yes. I did it. Yesterday I made a promise to myself and to everyone here that after a near-week of sedentary feeling-sorry-for-myselfdom, I was going to get to the gym, get on a bike, and make the pedals go in a circular direction for a respectable amount of time. And so it was. I got…

Science Wednesday: The exercise/creativity continuum.

I’m going to start today’s Science Wednesday post with a big ol’ pat on the back. I just knew that when I did an Internet search for “effect of exercise on entrepreneurs,” I was going to find something juicy and thought-provoking in my search results. I just knew it. This has to be something people think…

Science Wednesday: The solution to constant stress? Take a guess.

No joke: Chronic stress is a killer. And, no joke: exercise and eating well are hugely helpful in combating the effects of chronic stress. I’m thinking about stress right now because I’m developing training tools and keynote talks on this subject for 2015, and I’m aware just by reading the news every day as I…

Science Wednesday: When your brain just will not take a seat and calm down.

You know what? Sometimes the world just looks kind of insane. It can especially look insane the day after a holiday weekend, when we have to trudge back to our regular lives. Or it can look insane on a day when there’s sad, sad news going around the place (Robin Williams…random shootings…journalists being killed for doing…

Monday “What Went Well”: I ran again…and it was okay!

What went well last week? I’m going to cheat and give you a scene from Sunday morning (yesterday)…because…drum roll please…I ran again, after a month of complete rest for my knee, and it was okay. You heard that right: I ran, and it was okay! It wasn’t a lot of running – hubby and I…