IN YOUR DAILY DOSE today you’ll discover research that links exercise and meditation with a decrease of depression of 40 percent in adults suffering from depression.
IN MAKING CHANGES today are strategies you can use to help reduce your risk of depression and assist in the treatment of depression if you suffer.
IN FACT OR FICTION you’ll discover some of the interesting facts about high blood pressure you can use today to change your health.
In The News
In the research published in Translational Psychiatry February 2016, scientists found that participants in their study experienced a 40 percent reduction in symptoms of depression when they practiced cardiovascular exercise and meditation twice weekly over two months.
Lead author quoted in Science Daily say, "We are excited by the findings because we saw such a meaningful improvement in both clinically depressed and non-depressed students," says Brandon Alderman, lead author of the research study. "It is the first time that both of these two behavioral therapies have been looked at together for dealing with depression."
The men and women who participated in the study reported less symptoms of depression and less time thinking negative thoughts or worrying about negative situations as they did before the study.
Daily Health Tip
You can reduce your risk of depression or reduce the symptoms you experience when you include aerobic exercise and meditation in your weekly routine. Not only will these changes improve your mental health, but they will also improve your physical health.
Aerobic exercise is any type of activity that raises your heart rate and causes you to breathe faster. Walking, jogging, rowing, running, tennis, biking and sex all qualify as aerobic activity. In the study the participants experienced 30 minutes of aerobic activity with 30 minutes of meditation two times weekly.
Look for an aerobic activity you enjoy that you can continue to perform for 30 minutes. Alternate the activities you use so you don’t get bored. Sign up for a class about meditation or purchase a DVD that teaches you the basics. Meditate on the good things in your life or on God’s Word. Do not meditate on the negative problems in your life.
My Daily Affirmation
I am financially independent and strong, thanks to my wise choices.
I budget my money carefully so I can put aside funds for investments. I make regular contributions to my portfolio. My contributions are sustainable and smart.
I am a disciplined investor. Rather than making changes to my portfolio out of panic, or to go along with a popular trend, I diligently check the data. I consider the facts to reach my conclusions.
Fact Or Fiction?
Your blood pressure affects an amazing number of body systems. Here are some statistics that may surprise you!
The statistics of the number of people who suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure, are phenomenal. 90 percent of Americans over 55 are at risk for high blood pressure, with women more likely than men to develop hypertension. Half of all women age 60 and over and 77 percent of women over 75 have hypertension. Cardiovascular disease, affected by blood pressure, stroke and diabetes are the three biggest healthcare concerns of people over 60.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team