Many of you may have experienced how free your mind can become at the end of a great isometric workout such as hot yoga. I find that there is no better way to begin a work day than with a great hot yoga or pilates session. I find that I think more clearly and I work with a more heightened level of motivation throughout the day.
Thanks to one of my co-workers, I was made privy to an article written by Wendy A. Suzuki, professor of neural science and psychology at New York University and the author of Healthy Brain Happy Life. As a neuroscientist who is devoted to working out, she notes that, “The immediate effects of exercise on my mood and thought process proved to be a powerful tool.” She believes that, “these neurological benefits could have profound implications for how we live, learn and age as a society.”
In the article she describes how exercise can trigger the creation of new brain cells and how exercise improves memory suggesting, “that exercise might be able to improve the imaginative functions of the hippocampus as well.” She goes on to say that this hypothesis “raises the exciting possibility that exercise could make students more imaginative at school and adults more creative at work”. https://qz.com/592569/a-neuroscientist-says-theres-a-powerful-benefit-to-exercise-that-is-rarely-discussed/?utm_source=qzfbarchive
What happens to the brain when we combine exercise and the sauna on a regular basis? A double dose of positivity occurs. A recent article in the New York Times reports a new study that suggests that regular sauna usage might reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to the article, “The study, in Age and Ageing, controlled for alcohol intake, smoking, blood pressure, diabetes and other health and behavioral factors. It found that compared with men who used a sauna once a week, those who used a sauna four to seven times a week had a 66 percent lower risk for dementia and a 65 percent lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease.” https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/well/mind/are-saunas-good-for-the-brain.html
HOTWORX provides ten different types of exercise routines to choose from, all created for use inside of an infrared sauna at 125 degrees. The combination of the infrared energy, the heat and the exercise routines provide for multi-dimensional workouts that are good for the brain!