It’s no surprise to learn that there is a confirmed link between physical activity and brain function. A number of published studies have shown that exercise improves a number of aspects of cognition and performance demonstrating that regular exercise does a body good in more than one way! Our friend Mark Moon, of Mark Moon Fitness, offers some brain boosting exercise tips tailored for your blood type!
Seeing as how you have all been diligently following your Blood Type Diet (and we know it’s about 70% healthy eating and 30% exercise) it should be easy to increase your fitness and boost your brainpower with some nifty circuit workouts. If you’ve been less than diligent in your exercise program during the winter, I have three tips to help keep you going strong right through summer.
Fitness Tip #1
Try not to be Hercules on your first day back! This is a tough one especially for the guys, but ladies need to pay attention too. The last thing you want to do is get an injury on your first week back. To avoid this, train at maximum 60% intensity for the first week and step it up depending on how you feel from there.
Fitness Tip #2
Start with a full-body circuit style workout that incorporates all aspects of your BT fitness regime over the week. This will eliminate any potential strained muscles or bruised egos. Also, remember to stretch and cool down adequately when getting back into it. Stretching will help with recovery when you wake up then next day wondering what you did to yourself.
Fitness Tip #3
Plan ahead with activities you will look forward to doing and add plenty of variety to your fitness schedule. Firstly, the human body is extremely evolved in the art of adaption, so you need to stay challenged if you want great results. Secondly, you will get better results with more exercise variety, as you will recruit more muscle fibers, therefore have a better response. Lastly, you want to stay mentally motivated and excited to be working out.
Work Out Example
Super Circuits are my favorite way to train for overall fitness, as you can easily incorporate any exercises to design a workout that’s just right for you.
Workouts don’t need to be any longer than 30-45 minutes for excellent fitness results. For best results, I recommend using an alternating body part formula, placing in a cardio burst every fourth exercise.
Check out my example below:
Pediatricians recommend that children get 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and finding winter activities to keep kids moving during the cold, dark days of winter can be a challenge. One way to make sure your kids are getting enough exercise is to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine. As long as children are properly dressed, getting outdoors to play should not be difficult or uncomfortable – here are a few of our favorite winter activities:
Take a winter hike.
Explore rock formations, frozen streams, and leafless trees and note how different they look in the winter.
Play in the snow.
Build a snowman/ snow woman or snow family, or create an entirely new type of snow sculpture. Gather friends, build a snow fort, and engage in a rollicking snowball fight.
Have a game of snow football or snow soccer.
Create a space and try running and kicking in the snow – it’s not as easy as it looks!
Go ice skating!
Strap on your skates and head to the local rink. Gliding on ice builds muscles and really gets your heart pumping.
Find Indoor Play Areas
For those days when it’s too cold to play outside, investigate local indoor play spaces and recreation facilities – many may have structured gymnastics, sports teams, or classes aimed at building skills for spring sports.
Keeping your children active not only keeps their bodies healthy, but also promotes self-esteem and a positive attitude.
Click here for more tips on keeping your kids healthy all year long on The Blood Type Diet.
Stress is a normal part of life, and our bodies are designed to cope with it. For our ancient ancestors, stress was intense but intermittent- such as escaping from dangerous predators and searching for food. Modern life often subjects us to constant, lower-level stress that piles up and taxes our nervous systems. Eating the wrong foods can also be hard on the body. Adhering to the blood type diet enables your body to work more efficiently, here is a post about managing stress through diet.
Sympathetic Nervous System vs. Parasympathetic Nervous System
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is responsible for the “fight or flight” response, while the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) relaxes the body after the danger has passed. The two systems work in balanced opposition to each other. The SNS causes your heart to beat faster and harder, while the PNS slows down the heart, and relaxes the artery walls, allowing freer blood flow, and lets more oxygen get to the heart muscle. Most of the healing in the body happens when the PNS is in charge, including healing the subtle damage from normal “wear and tear” of life. Chronic stress often leads to the SNS being active for longer, and the PNS not engaging properly.
Hormones are responsible for our response to stress.
The adrenal glands release Adrenaline and Noradrenalin, which are short-acting hormones that speed up heart rate and blood pressure, reduce digestion, and make you more alert. In response to longer-term or more severe stress, the adrenal gland releases cortisol. This hormone enables the body to break down muscle to provide immediate energy. The proper levels of cortisol will reduce inflammation, reduce allergies, and promote healing. Too much or prolonged exposure to cortisol can lead to ulcers, heart disease, muscle loss, insomnia, and other ailments. High cortisol levels can cause “brain fog”. It can also lead to obesity because it encourages the breakdown of muscle rather than fat. Exercising Right 4 Your Type can help combat the effects of stress on your body. Check out the chart below or click here to find out more about exercise based on blood type!
Another way to manage stress from the inside out is our Calm Pack.