Exercise and the Brain: How to Exercise to Improve your Mood

Does exercise improve your mood?

Exercise helps many people improve their mood and concentration. Does exercise do this for you?

Of course, exercise changes the hormones and bio-chemicals that affect your brain and nervous system…but everyone is different.

What you need to know is how you respond to exercise, not how thousands of people in medical studies responded.

So, test for a week, and keep a journal to discover how exercise affects your outlook, emotions and mood.

Did you see a change?

Report your experiences with exercise at your next office visit to your Physician Assistant.

Physician Assistants and Their Role in Health Care

A shortage of medical doctors and an aging population means that Physician Assistants are assuming increased roles in quality health care.

News9.com in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma addressed this issue in a recent news interview.

Highly trained, highly qualified, competent are traits shared by medical doctors and Physician Assistants.

Both medical doctors and Physician Assistants assume responsibility for your health care.

But, Physician Assistants often have more time to talk to you. And, Physician Assistants often serve as your advocate for communicating with your medical doctor or surgeon.

Visit Physician Assistant; Norton Shectman, PA-C, to receive quality health care from someone that looks at your health care “Big Picture,” and who takes time to listen to you.

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Ten Ways to Lose Weight and get Healthy

Here are ten ways to Lose Weight and improve your health.

Study and apply these Weight Loss Tips for a healthy lifestyle.

Learn strategies that really work for ways to improve your diet and choose the right foods from a Health Coach

Here are the Weight Loss Secrets

• Control your hunger
• Replace Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices. Drink water, tea and flavored water
• Eliminate toxic sludge by avoiding products with “Diet or Lite” on the label
• Avoid sugar substitutes. Artificial “Sugars” are toxic to your body
• Eat fats. Fats make us “Feel satisfied.” Use Olive Oil, Avocados and other healthy fats
• Stop Starving Yourself – Don’t limit calories because this increases stress on your body. Instead, eat the right calories…found in whole, natural foods
• Avoid “Quick Fix” Strategies (Such as Diets, Pills and Gadgets). Read the disclaimers found on these products…”Results not typical, Diet and exercise needed.” Save your money to buy healthy food
• Avoid stressing over your need to lose weight. Make time (take time) for relaxation and stress relief. Eat slowly. Exercise to eliminate stress and make your daily activities more active
• Eat Snacks. Avoid becoming “Over-Hungry” and gobbling food when you get to eat. Avoid hunger pangs by eating snacks that you carry with you
• Stop Rewarding Yourself with Junk Foods. Recondition the reward pathways in your brain. Reward yourself with healthy food. Replace the unhealthy foods you eat with healthy foods
• Create Positive, Healthy Habits…Develop Beneficial New Habits.

Weight Loss Tips

Look at the back of the label for the list of ingredients. If the list includes the names of chemicals that you cannot pronounce, “Do not buy or eat the stuff!”

Build on small changes in weight to move yourself forward toward your goal of reaching a healthy weight.

Additional Weight Loss Resources

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Lifestyle Changes Lower Diabetes Risk

Follow the recommendations of your Physician Assistant or Health Care provider.

Make lifestyle changes and you can reduce the risk of acquiring Type 2 Diabetes by about 60%.

Change your exercise and eating habits…eat healthy foods…exercise daily.

Learn How! Free

The San Antonio YMCA offers a free program that includes personal support and encouragements.

You participate in a small group to explore healthier eating and more physical activity.

Avoiding diabetes is far less expensive than eating and stagnating into the disease.

Trained Lifestyle Coaches meet you in a classroom over a full year (12 moths). This includes 16 sessions, plus a month of maintenance.

This takes effort and determination…but you are worth it.

Qualifying for the San Antonio YMCA – Diabetes Prevention Program

Qualification for the program includes…

• 18 years or older
• Overweight (Body Mass Index higher than 25)
• High risk for developing diabetes

Classes are available in San Antonio. Call (210) 585-4439! Or visit the San Antonio YMCA Diabetes Prevention Website.

Remember: Prevention is the only real “Cure” for diabetes.

Other Diabetes Prevention Resources

Super Foods for Diabetics

There are a lot of foods that aggravate diabetes, but the list of beneficial foods is long.

Here is the list of those Super Foods:

Blueberries, cranberries, apples, raspberries, watermelon, honeydew, red grapefruit, tomatoes, asparagus, carrots, broccoli, red onions, spinach, fish, soy, yogurt, flaxseed, nuts, beans, oatmeal, tea

Of course, this means fresh, raw vegetables, raw nuts (without salt and grease) and live cultured yogurt.

Canned vegetables lack the nutrients needed to add vitality to the diet of a person with diabetes.

Listen to your Physician Assistant, and make gradual changes to your diet to improve your health…and long term chances of survival.