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2016 October Issue

The Brain-boosting Benefits of Exercise

Sure, exercise gets the heart pumping, but did you know that just as exercise boosts cardiovascular health, it also promotes cerebral and mental health? When you exercise, there’s an increase in blood flow to the brain. The result is a boost in cognitive capabilities.

Whether you swim a few laps, cycle for miles or run for a few minutes, the physical activity you do can help sharpen your mental performance and enhance your ability to learn.

An increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which stimulates brain cell growth, is another benefit of exercise. Mental health may improve with exercise, too, as working out is an effective and natural way to relieve stress, anxiety and even depression.

Exercise also helps keep the brain spry, and may stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, In addition to working out, getting regular chiropractic adjustments can help you feel great.

Time for a New Mattress?

A quality mattress that supports your back can make all the difference between getting so-so sleep and superb shuteye. If you don’t sleep on a mattress that offers adequate support, you may experience persistent low back pain.

When shopping for a mattress, you want to ensure that it supports the natural curves and alignment of the spine. It’s a good idea to lie on different mattresses that offer varying degrees of support. Comfort, after all, is critical.

You may find, however, that a too-firm mattress could result in aches and pains on pressure points. A medium-firm mattress is likely your best bet as it provides essential comfort as well as sufficient support.

Consider, too, a memory foam mattress as it offers great support as well as can prevent and reduce pain.

Getting regular chiropractic checks is another excellent way to relieve back pain and possibly enhance your sleep!

3 Ways to Encourage Workplace Wellness

Practicing healthy habits is important wherever you are, and since most of us spend hours each day at work behind a desk, it can be a challenge to keep up on our wellness.

Instead of giving in to our newfound “workaholic” lifestyle, consider these three ways you can ensure you’re putting your health first at work.

1. Use an office bulletin board to share healthy recipes with co-workers. This isn’t just good for your diet—you’ll love getting to try new meals here and there.

2. Start a “break-time” walking club. You don’t have to go far or for long—even a lap or two around your office will get your heart pumping and muscles stretched.

3. Some offices provide snacks, which can be a nice perk of the job, though they may not always be the healthiest. Suggest a healthier alternative snack to your manager to help keep your office nutritious.

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