I wanted to share this because to me it always looked like "doing sports" was to invest multiple 1-2h sessions per week and going all hardcore. Which is quite demotivating frankly speaking.
So if you are a couch potato like me then know that a bit of cardio is already showing good results. The best thing is that I am not exhausted afterwards so it can be done every day.
From a theoretical biomechanical perspective I would agree. My own subjective data, though, suggests that deadlifts cover approximately all of those muscles, and more. Also a barbell and some weights might be cheaper than a pullup bar -- at least if you plan on periodically repairing the door frame the pullup bar attaches to.
It turns out it's an incredible way to start the day, even for a night owl...the lasting effect throughout the rest of the day is very real. Also, as someone who is basically a zombie in the mornings, I essentially replaced the time in the morning when I'd be awake but sluggishly waiting for the coffee to kick in with a quick but intense stop at the gym, so I didn't need to totally rearrange my schedule.
I have no clue if I'm doing it right or am going to get any meaningful exercise. But it makes me happy and has brought me a wonderful routine.
Another low-time, low-stress activity is 30-20-10 intervals: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/29/a-way-to-get-fit-a...
If I can't (or just don't want to) do something longer, I'll do 5 minutes of that. Like you, I get noticeable mood and energy benefits.
Try one. Try the other. Which one feels better?
I am and have always been one of those people. Even as an athlete in college (I rowed crew for a while) I absolutely had to eat something semi-substantial before morning practices. Which could be tough when we had to be on the water before sunrise.
> The results of this study also show that the GC group has a performance that is 42% better than the GC-EF group. These data seem indicate that after an intense physical exercise, people without ADHD show impairment in attention performance. However, this hypothesis requires further studies, which include the assessment of the duration of this effect.
If I went slow, I would have definitely missed the class, this forced me to ride as fast as I could.
It definitely enhanced my cognitive skills.
(Edit: I definitely feel more awake after a morning sprint, but I'd rather watch this story of science about "energy levels" unfold in full glory than point out the banality of activity being the opposite of being asleep)
Even if I changed all my closed I doubt I would feel clean.
"Brief aerobic exercise immediately enhances visual attentional control and perceptual speed. Testing the mediating role of feelings of energy"
In other words, this study took some amount of cognitive enhancement across the subjects as a given and was designed to test for a correlation between that effect and reports of feeling energized by exercise, which the authors did report finding. If the numbers and methodology back that up, it suggests a couple of obvious (and not mutually exclusive) possibilities:
1) There is a primarily psychological mechanism, with the belief that a practice is energizing being a key factor. Note that the control group practiced relaxation techniques, which is arguably the opposite of an energizing practice.
2) Both the experience of feeling energized and the increase in cognitive performance are mediated by some physiological difference in exercise response. For example, it may be that some portion of the population has subclinical exercise intolerance (which is mostly studied in relation to cardiovascular disease, but has also been linked to mitochondrial dysfunction, neurological conditions, and sleep apnea).
We had a guy who put an inflatable mattress inside an empty office and took naps there on his breaks.
First people laughed, after a week it was just "his thing".
I keep a pair of tight-fitting lightweight mechanix gloves on hand for doing pushups anywhere...
My overweight co-workers are already heavy breathing from going to the coffee machine
Some kinds of exercise (e.g. biking for 30m) don't have that effect, but some others do.
Now I'm a water junkie. 3-4 liters a day, every day. Also cut out high-oxalate foods (RIP peanuts, I miss you).
Seriously, folks -- drink your water. Keep a water bottle handy, and make sure you go through it a couple times a day.
We have called a break during which you try to do the recommended activities a Power Break as it enhances your productivity and wellbeing. You don't need to do a Power Break every time you take a break but three or four times a day will give you a great boost.
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"...And working out HEAVILY at the GYM..."
Of course, this isn’t a particularly high quality study, and exercise science is as bad as social psychology with regards to replication.
Its nice if there is a scientific proof for logical behavior of reality but it shouldn't make big news for anybody here. If there is some proven discovery of at-first-glance-illogical behavior of our bodies or reality, now that's something newsworthy.
Logic is only helpful if you have the right premises. You might well have that, but they could also be too simplistic. Case in point, meditating tends to make me feel not cold but warmer (specifically, if I have cold hands and feet, that goes away).
There are theories that Raynaud's syndrome (unreasonably cold hands and feet) can be triggered by stress and so one could hypothesize that the opposite holds true as well. That may be related, or it may not be. I am just pointing out that such a simplistic view of something so extremely complex like our bodies can be misleading.
This is a normal reaction of any healthy body (lower heart rate -> lower temperature), ask any doctor or consult any relevant medical book. This experience also comes from my fiancee who is a doctor, with same reasoning. Something they use sometimes at their work (or reverse effect).
You might be doing something during your meditation that counters this natural effect (physically or mentally), I don't know and frankly it's not much relevant to the discussion. Or do you have any scientific resource that proves the opposite effect is true?
I've never heard of this, can you elaborate?
I discovered this in 7th grade by doing about 30 seconds of rapid breathing followed by holding my breath. Reliably passed out in 5-10 seconds, regained consciousness in <15 seconds.