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CAN YOUR GUT AFFECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH? You may have heard that all health starts in the gut. Did you also know that your mental health can be affected by your gut as well? Digestion can slow you down and draw blood away from your brain, causing those low points between 2 and 5 in the afternoon. Poor gut health can actually mess with your emotions as well. According to a recent study by researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a probiotic bacteria found in the gut, called Lactobacillus rhamnosus, contains a neurotransmitter called GABA that helps regulate brain activity and can calm anxiety. While more studies and testing must be done, it seems that having a healthy gut can actually help level out your moods, calm your emotions, and keep your brain firing on all cylinders. So, the next time someone asks why you’re drinking that kombucha, tell them it’s for your mental health!
Over the years, the paradigm of workout strategies has gradually changed. In the ‘70s, Arnold Schwarzenegger popularized the sport of bodybuilding, and weightlifting went mainstream. In the ‘80s, fitness was all about spandex, Jane Fonda aerobics videos, and ankle weights. Fitness trends blended in the ‘90s: Tae Bo — a hybrid of boxing and taekwondo — and Herschel Walker’s body-weight workouts were the rage. By the early 2000s, boundary-pushing fitness trends like CrossFit and spin classes became popular. Today, gritty old-school gyms battle for dominance on Instagram with aerobic workouts like Zumba and Prancercise. All good workouts boil down to the same general concepts, however. The exercises of the ‘70s and today apply the same principles to achieve their goals. These regimens haven’t become more involved — they just apply the same building blocks in a different pattern. As long as you understand the basics of fitness, you can choose a program or put together one of your own! AEROBIC EXERCISE The foundation of programs like Jazzercise and Zumba are based on the same idea as Jane Fonda’s famous tapes: With regular aerobic exercise, your cardiovascular endurance improves, allowing you to exercise for longer periods of time. This is cardiovascular training at its finest. Exercising aerobically is also one of the best ways to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF EVERY FITNESS PLAN What Is Your Workout Made Of ?
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