In most discussions about health, wellness and our personal futures there is a particular subject that is almost guaranteed to make most people uncomfortable- our mental health and ability to function when we reach our twilight years. It is an understandable reaction; there is something frightening about the thought of losing our mental faculties and not being in complete control of ourselves. There are countless activities and choices we can make today to improve our physical health in later years but is there anything we can do to make certain we will enjoy good mental health as we get older?
Well, there just might be. It turns out that practicing hatha yoga a few times per week could lead to significant boosts in senior citizens’ cognitive abilities. A study featured well over one hundred people ranging in age from 55 years old to 79 years old. Nearly half of these people attended hatha yoga classes while the rest of the people took classes for stretching exercises. After taking their respective classes for an eight week period everybody was brought in to take a series of tests that gauged the participants’ ability to recall information, moving from performing one task to another and mental flexibility.
As you might expect, the group that was taking hatha yoga classes showed improvements in all of these areas while the group engaged in regular stretching exercises did not show any signs of improvement. Participants in the yoga classes were able to complete their tasks more quickly and with fewer instances of distraction than their counterparts. The researchers behind the study pointed out that there were no significant differences between the two groups of subjects other than the one group participating in hatha yoga classes.
What is it about hatha yoga that allows people to develop such major increases in their cognitive abilities? Hatha yoga can be described as a series of exercises involving meditation, breathing and moving one’s body in a variety of stances. A typical user must move his or her body through these assorted stances in a controlled manner while maintaining their breathing at a relaxed rate.
Hatha Yoga has already been determined to be helpful to our bodies and minds in a number of different ways. For example, studies conducted earlier have shown that yoga can lower stress levels, aid in moving on from depression and reducing physical anxiety. It is known that both stress and anxiety can impact our abilities to concentrate and think critically. With this in mind it is worth considering that regular participation in yoga exercises could possibly prevent the deterioration of our crucial mental functions.
It should be pointed out that there are obviously no guarantees in life. However, it appears that regular participation in yoga exercises not only provides benefits now but also helps condition us for happy and functional lives when we are older.
This is the best example of a fake newscaster voice I’ve ever heard. I saw this video and thought it was so funny I had to share it. The guy in the video is from Toronto and test driving a 2011 BMW. In the beginning of the video he does say that he’s testing out a new vocal pattern so I guess it’s OK.
Check out the 2011 BMW 3 Series Test Drive and Review:
Thinking about getting a Microsoft Surface Pro 3? Or may be your are in the market for a MacBook Air. Check out this video comparing both products. Very unbiased review and thorough. Great review!
Comparison Video Surface Pro3 vs. MacBook Air:
Interesting pitch from Kickstarter. Sounds like a movie that needs to get funded. Check out the video below. I think this movie deals with lots of issues we face in the modern world.
“Darren wakes up the morning after his college graduation, and with patchy memories of last night tries to track down a mysterious girl.”
Watch the Wide Awake Kickstarter pitch below:
Click on link below for the Kickstarter campaign. Right now they have raised $8,876 of their $8,000 goal:
JIBO is one part WALL-E and one part the operating system from the movie ‘Her.’ It’s a little creepy to say the least. It’s a robot who’s mission is to become party of the family. Basically, it’s a robot designed to take the place of interpersonal relationships.
Tell us what you think! Watch the JIBO Robot in action:
We’ve come a long way since Teddy Ruxpin.
I’ve seen the reviews of Kim Kardashian’s video game app and none of them have been good. So when I heard that Mrs. Kardashian’s new app is set to earn 200 million dollars I couldn’t believe it. $200 million dollars! That’s a life time worth of money for most people. Stop now, you’re set for life. Kim partnered with a company called Glu Mobile to create what is now the No. 3 Free and No. 5 Grossing game on the Apple App Store. The app is free, but users can pay to become more famous. What I’ve heard about the video game is if you don’t pay to become famous in the game it’s almost as hard as becoming famous in real life. The goal hear with the app is obviously to rake in the dollars.
Check out the video with real Kim Kardashian gameplay, no edits:
Even watching this video is hard for me. How can anyone play this app. for extended periods of time?
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