Congratulations to the 15 new members that joined the TFW Familia for the challenge! Some of you may have seen the infographic handout from their orientation about the effects of exercise on the entire body. We had a few people asking for more info about the interesting facts that we listed. So this week's blog will be a breakdown of that infographic with more information and links to our resources. 

Brain

There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Big ones include reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maybe you want to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent depression, or just look better. Here’s another one, which especially applies to those of us (including me) experiencing the brain fog that comes with age: exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills.

In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning. Resistance training, balance and muscle toning exercises did not have the same results. The results were published this week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Continue reading...

Heart

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls. Check out 6 more useful health facts...

Lungs

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores. Check out 6 more useful health facts...

Gut

Over 70% of the body’s immune cells are produced in the gut, meaning the majority of our immune system is housed in the gut.
There are 10 times more microbes (bacteria) in the intestines than there are cells in the body – this essentially means we are more microbe than human!

It is now understood by many doctors and scientists that the microbiome is actually an organ all its own, believing that large changes to its composition may be as damaging as changing the structure of another bodily organ. 3 Strategies For Bolstering Your Immune System...

Organs

From boosting cognitive function to improving outcomes for prostate cancer patients to treating chronic pain, being physically active can improve overall health. How does exercise influence our health is so many different ways? Get the answer...

Joints

Physical activity is essential to optimizing both physical and mental health and can play a vital role in the management of arthritis. Regular physical activity can keep the muscles around affected joints strong, decrease bone loss and may help control joint swelling and pain. Regular activity replenishes lubrication to the cartilage of the joint and reduces stiffness and pain. Exercise also helps to enhance energy and stamina by decreasing fatigue and improving sleep.(ref 2) Exercise can enhance weight loss and promote long-term weight management in those with arthritis who are overweight. Continue reading...

 

Bones

Exercise should definitely be the mainstay of the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis; often however, physicians don’t have enough know-how for evidence based prescription of exercise. Moreover, the lack of facilities for safe implementation of the exercise programs compound the problem. Scientific societies and health authorities should invest in patient and physicians education about exercise and in promoting facilities (Gyms) devoted to training of persons with, or at risk of, metabolic diseases (osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes), like Metagym in Florence, Italy. Read the entire article

Feet

Resistance exercises are those in which your muscles work against some type of resistance, such as weights or exercise bands. Resistance exercises strengthen muscles, which, in turn, provide better support and protection for the foot as a whole. Exercise bands look a bit like compression bandages but come in various colors that correspond to the amount of resistance they provide. Read more and see their exercise/workout routine...

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