We have a great show today! Tina Bernet Allen is here to discuss how to break out of your workout rut! Dr. Kirk Erikson is here to discuss exercise and brain health. So, let’s get started!
Tina Bernet Allen
Tina Bernet has a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology, she is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, she is certified in biomechanics, and she is part of the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America. She has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years, teaching cardiovascular classes at several of Dallas’ top studios and health clubs, as well as instructing and developing resistance training programs for individuals and groups in the gym and in the home. She has also been named the “Top Female Personal Trainer in DFW” by the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame.
Fitness ruts are common, but due to a global pandemic, fitness ruts have been increasing. Because of quarantining, people have been gaining weight and that can also lead to ruts. You just need a jump start to get out of your rut. You can also hit a plateau, where you stop seeing change and people get into ruts. We are all going to fail sometimes. First, find out why you want to gain back your fitness or your health? Whatever the reason, just get up. Take a walk around the park, or even just the block! Often we have this idea of a perfect diet, perfect fitness diet, or perfect lifestyle in our heads. Focus on consistency. Get up and get out there!
Dr. Kirk Erickson
Dr. Erickson is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, working in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition within the Center for Neuroscience. His research examines cognitive and brain changes that occur as a function of physical health and aging, and he develops training, physical activity, and exercise trials.
Exercise picks up new neurons the brain. It also creates new capillary bed growth that allows more oxygen going to the brain. Our brain is plastic, it is malleable. While our brain gets smaller the more we age, there are ways to heed that shrinkage and keep our brain in tip top shape. We shouldn’t just think as exercise separate from diet. Dr. Kirk Erickson has found that diet affects your brain as well. We know a lot about exercise and the brain through animal studies. Exercise can help the brain sleep better and increase cognitive function. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity.
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