22. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Living · Tags: ,

I’ve just read a fascinating article, “Jogging Your Brain,” in today’s NYTimes magazine, which I would have titled “Making Neurons Nimble.”  I won’t steal the article’s thunder by stating the story’s conclusions – “exercise jump-starts neurogenesis.”

Neurogenesis is the creation of new brain cells (simply, if inelegantly, put).  Research suggests that exercise prompts an increase in “brain derived neurotropic factor (B.D.N.F.), a substance that strengthens cells and axons, and fortifies the connections among neurons and sparks neurogenesis.”  There is more to it than just that, of course, but the benefits of exercise on the millions of chemical reactions that take place within the body continue to astound me.

 

15. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Living · Tags:

Check these photos out.  Guess where they were taken.

Central Park, Manhatten, New York.  I had the opportunity to visit last weekend and take a stroll through Central Park.  It struck me that without Central Park Manhattan would be a different city – perhaps an unlivable place.  On a cold, somewhat dreary February day all sort of folks were out in the, relatively speaking, open space.  And good for them!  It is nothing unusual, I know.  But can you imagine the island of Manhatten with wall to wall buildings and streets?  I doubt the people in these photographs could.

 

04. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Living

 

Creative means of encouraging all people – not just those naturally inclined – to engage in physical activity seems a worthwhile goal of community infrastructure.  When the activity (I won’t use the word “exercise”) is fun, the investment yields great benefits.

Here’s an idea in Stockholm (perhaps borrowed from the Boston Museum of Science?) that takes folks off the escalator and onto the stairs.

Here’s an even wilder idea that would make a daily walk to work fun.  Instead of walking down steps, how about how a slide?  Getting in and out would seem to certainly deploy different muscle groups!