Use Your Body to Sharpen Your Mind

The Mission News: October 16, 2017

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

News that matters

➜ A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh has found that life expectancy is shortened by 2 months for every extra kilogram of weight carried. According to the WHO, 39% of adults and over 340 million children (aged 5–19) were overweight or obese in 2016.

➜ The American Heart Association has found that Tai Chi may serve as an alternative to typical cardiac rehab exercises for those at high-risk for heart disease. Over 60% of patients who suffer from heart attacks decline appropriate physical therapy — mainly because of cost and dislike of usual cardio programs. Tai Chi is a gentle exercise routine that anyone can do at home for free.

What we’re reading

The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, is well-known for his accelerated learning techniques. This is his workout guide to getting “immediate results that compel you to continue.”

What we’re listening to

Power Workout Playlist

What we’re watching

The Disruptive Power of Exercise

Need some motivation to get through your Monday? Try affirmations during your workout! Wendy Suzuki is a neuroscientist and fitness instructor. In this TED talk, she discusses how consistent exercise can improve memory, mood, creativity, and productivity. There’s a clear connection between exercise and your ability to process/retain new information. Dr. Suzuki shares how you can use that relationship in order to learn more effectively.

Why Sitting Down Destroys You

Whether it’s at school or at work, many of us sit for hours a day. On average, we spend 9–10 hours of our day sedentary, or over half the time we are awake. Roger Frampton, a male model and fitness expert, explains why sitting destroys your body and what you can do to prevent/reverse its effects.

What we’re doing

To become the best you, caring for your body must be a priority. Exercise is a very important part of maintaining your health, but equally as important is taking the time to refresh your body. This week (Oct 16–22) is Spa Week. The top spas across the country will be offering fantastic services at incredibly discounted prices. We are excited to get our Spa on! You can check out their full list of locations and deals here.

Originally published on our M-F Newsletter.

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