Exercise and the Brain Part 4: Longevity

Everything we’ve discussed up to this point is still on the table. Most of it even more so. Learning, growing, and healing aren’t abilities you’ll stop needing in your life. An elastic brain is a brain that can go the distance. It adapts to new challenges, heals minor damage, and resists major damage. Author Nassim Nicholas Talib coined the term “Anti-fragile” to describe “things that gain from disorder.” He wrote a book about it. This term doesn’t describe an immovable body, frozen and immune to stress. It describes a system that thrives under stress, as all good systems do. A body (and brain) that take the inevitable wear and tear as catalyst for growth and improvement. […]

2020-11-25T12:07:10-07:00November 24, 2020|

Exercise and the Brain Part 3: Recovery and Maintenance

So exercise grows the brain and helps regulate it. Plus the younger we start the earlier the benefits are. But what if you’re (as a random example having nothing to do with the author) in your mid-thirties and struggling with stress, self-worth, and focus. You haven’t exercised in years. Maybe you never really did. Are you stuck with the brain you’ve got, unaided by all that great stretching, growing, exercise I mentioned last time? No. And not only no, but an emphatic “absolutely not!” […]

2020-11-25T12:07:40-07:00October 5, 2020|

Exercise and the Brain Part 2: Growth

We learn in order to move, and moving increases our capacity to learn. It’s a cycle that helped our species survive until we no longer needed to move as much just to find food. But our learning is still tied to movement. As is our brain health. Aerobic exercise stimulates the growth of brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor (BDNF) which in turn stimulates the growth of new neurons. Dysregulation of BDNF is linked to a great number of brain-based issues. If this was the only benefit of exercise to the brain, it would be enough reason for doctors to recommend it for brain health. The great news is exercise does so much more. […]

2020-11-25T12:08:33-07:00September 22, 2020|

Exercise and the Brain Part 1: Introduction and Overview

The first book recommended to me after I became a personal trainer was “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.” Written by John J Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman, “Spark” argues that exercise helps produce “Miracle-Gro for the brain.” Most of the evidence supporting this argument was drawn from the previous decade of studies on learning capacity, cognitive decline, and brain health. The book is now seven years old, making some of that evidence almost old enough to vote. […]

2020-11-25T12:17:29-07:00August 26, 2020|

Grip Strength

Grip strength/endurance is an indicator of overall health and a predictor of life length and quality. Several studies have also linked grip strength with mortality, rehabilitation, cognition, and depression. So, if you increase your grip strength will you add years to your life? Not necessarily, but a stronger grip may help you perform the sort of daily activities that will. A weakened grip may be a warning sign of other issues. […]

2020-08-02T13:42:58-07:00July 28, 2020|

Working through emotions with your body

When I’m having a terrible day, there are usually three big factors. 1. The inciting incident. 2. The post-incident mental loop. 3. Everything else going on in my life. The incident happens. It doesn’t matter what it is. A rude email, traffic, oversleeping the alarm. I’m in stress response mode. […]

2020-07-10T13:32:18-07:00July 10, 2020|

Virtual Community Workouts

Connection between our members is an essential cornerstone of Hyatt Training. Join us to stay connected AND get a great workout in twice each week! […]

2020-07-08T15:09:44-07:00July 2, 2020|

Building adaptability and flexibility into your workout routines

When it comes to intentional exercise, having a plan is hard to argue with. Setting goals, taking measurements, and building routines are important to the program. Creating a great plan is often step one. To promote lasting change, it needs to have purpose and be resilient. That’s why a common second step is changing that great plan. Your routines are only as good as their ability to change, both as a reaction to external stressors and to promote further adaptation. […]

2020-05-22T19:28:13-07:00May 22, 2020|

Progressive Overload: What, When, How

We’ve been working out at home for over two months now, finding space in the garage, living room, yard, or wherever the kids aren’t spread out. You may be surprised with how inventive and creative your workouts have become, and how versatile your trainer and random household items can be. But, if you feel your body has adapted to your current workout regimen and exercises, it’s time to focus on challenging yourself in new ways. It’s time to talk progressive overload! […]

2020-05-22T11:33:57-07:00May 22, 2020|

Important elements of an exercise plan

While all exercise can be beneficial, there are things that may be of particular importance right now as you navigate new schedules and opportunities. Here’s a quick bullet point list on some things to consider when planning your weekly schedule. If you need more specifics, let’s talk! Our speciality is coming up with creative solutions to match your abilities, equipment and goals! […]

2020-05-07T09:10:03-07:00May 7, 2020|

Cardio vs. Resistance Training

Weight management is at the forefront of many minds with recent events closing gyms, limiting activity and encouraging us to stay home. Maintaining a healthy weight will ensure your mind and body stay well balanced and function efficiently to survive and thrive through all sorts of emotional and physical stress. Diet is the most important factor in weight distribution, but exercise and its myriad of physiological benefits are a close second with regard to weight maintenance and body composition. […]

2020-05-03T13:48:05-07:00April 28, 2020|

Common Exercise Subtitutions

Scroll through social media these days and you’ll be inundated with workout content. Personalization is limited or nonexistent, which can be overwhelming and lead to injury. While there’s simply no substitution for working one on one with a trainer, growing your own exercise library can help you take ownership over your workouts and keep safety as the highest priority. Not only will you tailor your workout to your abilities and comfort, but to your preferences (although we all LOVE burpees, mountain climbers can be much easier on the knees). Below is a rundown of common exercises and their substitutions, safe for a myriad of fitness levels, including progressions and regressions. Your trainer can offer more personalized guidance and appropriate substitutions for your body’s abilities. We’re always here to help. If you have questions, just ask! […]

2020-04-29T10:27:37-07:00April 24, 2020|

Designing your own outdoor workout

Finally, it feels like spring! The sun is coming out, the temperature is rising, and we have cabin fever from a month of social distancing. Fortunately, taking workouts from the living room to the park doesn’t need to be difficult or compromise safety. Exercising in the great outdoors offers the opportunity to get fresh air and your heart pumping, a win-win! Below is an easy and approachable template for you to build your own park workout. […]

2020-04-22T11:42:44-07:00April 19, 2020|

Desk mobility: Feel your best while working from home

Personal trainer, Will Johnston, leads us through a 10-minute mobility routine of stretches and release techniques that will help us feel great after sitting for extra hours at our desks. Included in this post you’ll find a video presentation and additional Hyatt Training resources for anyone who wants to feel and move a little better after so much sitting! […]

2020-04-08T09:34:44-07:00April 8, 2020|

Focus of the week: Release to keep your tension at bay

One thing that we’re hearing so much about right now is how everyone’s bodies feel different. Being home bound for recreation and work really impacts our physical and mental health. Exercise can be such a huge factor in combating those changes, but it’s harder to get moving if your body just doesn’t feel that good. That’s where a little self-care comes in handy. […]

2020-04-08T09:37:22-07:00April 6, 2020|
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