A new study, which published in June in the Journal of Applied Physiology finds that sitting for hours slows the flow of blood to our brains. This has serious implications for long-term brain health. But there’s good news, getting up and strolling for just a couple of minutes every half-hour can stave off this decline in brain blood flow and may even increase it.
A group of ten prominent brain imaging researchers at University of Oxford’s Department of Clinical Neurosciences wanted to see how aerobic exercise affects the brain. Their study revealed some surprising facts about how exercise affects the brain. This study was conducted by an impressive team of researchers who specialize in brain imaging and their work was published in the journal NeuroImage.
If you’re sitting down, GET UP, your life may depend on it, literally. New research shows sitting too long can bring about an early death. But don’t freak out, there’s something you can do, read on.
Researchers at Goethe University’s Institute of Medical Psychology published an interesting study in the journal Behavioral and Brain Functions. This study had people walk on a treadmill while learning foreign language vocabulary. The results: those who walked while they learned had better recall.
When Aristotle founded the Peripatetic School in 335 BC. he knew something we’re just discovering and science is corroborating. The Peripatetic School was an informal institution whose members conducted philosophical and scientific inquiries while walking around the Lyceum in ancient Athens. Aristotle's students would follow him on long meandering walks around the Lyceum as he lectured and they engaged in philosophical and scientific inquiry.
It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but one of the reasons I co-founded UnSit is my inability to sit still for long periods of time. In school, the teacher was always yelling at me to, “sit down and focus.” But it never felt right to sit down while trying to think up an idea for an essay or solve a geometry problem. I think and solve problems better on my feet, and I know many of you do too.
Everyone benefits from a healthier brain. Sadly most everyone reading this has cared for a loved one suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. I have. It's a devastating disease and the The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published a study in March of 2016 projecting the incidence of dementia to TRIPLE in the next 35 years.