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THE SCIENCE

The human brain and our unique cognitive skills developed over hundreds of years in the presence of permanent movement. From an evolutionary perspective the human body is designed to walk up to 12 miles per day unlike our current obesiogenic environment where we remain stationary for over 8 hrs.

 

Heading outdoors for walking and talking coaching conversations addresses our sedentary lifestyles with insufficient daily activity. The physical also supports a change in mental state to support creative, innovative, positivity and wider positive wellbeing. 

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"Physical exercise is cognitive candy”

John Medina

John Medina, molecular biologist focuses on brain development in his book “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School” and describes an American study with links between elderly “exercisers” and elevated cognitive performance in long-term memory, reasoning, attention and problem-solving skills; versus “couch potatoes” (and lengthy cardiovascular benefits). He concludes, “If all you do is walk several times a week, your brain will benefit”. Discover more about his work in this blog post HERE.

 

This global scientific community consensus is reflected in British government policy with the recommendation to move from a sedentary position every 30 minutes and engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of 3 x 20-30 minute aerobic exercise sessions a week. Discover more from the Everybody Active, Every Day - An evidence-based approach to physical activity" report published in September 2014 by Public Health England. 

  • Helps regulate appetite. 

  • Enriches cardiovascular. and immune system. 

  • Decreases risk for heart disease, Alzheimer's (by up to 60%) stroke and diabetes.

  • Reduces depression, anxiety and stress.

  • Makes muscles and bones stronger.

  • Improves strength and balance.

  • Reduces depression, anxiety and stress.

Physiological Benefits of Exercise
  • Improves blood flow to provide oxygen, glucose and metabolic products to the cells.

  • Improves blood flow to remove toxic electrons from the cells.

  • Keeps brain cells healthy and encourages the creation of new brain cells (neurogenesis). 

  • Increases levels of usable brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).

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