Friday, June 28, 2013

Exercise is Important for the Teenage Brain

It has long been known that exercise and other physical activity has many benefits for both young and old, including positive changes of both mind and body.  But a recent study published in Clinical Psychological Science, researchers looked to see how exercise had an effect of the adolescents’ mental health.

Researchers mainly interviewed teenagers regarding self-esteem, anxiety, relationships with friends and negative behaviors.  In the research the “teenagers who took part in organized sports had a more positive self-image and greater self-esteem than teens who weren't physically active”. 

A question does still remain.  “Does the exercise make teenagers more confident or do more confident teenagers’ partake part in sports?”  This may be an unanswerable question but they did find that those in single person activities, such as, dance class, running, or even Wii sports can make a difference. 

So all the teenagers out there need to get out and start moving.  It is important for their body and mind.

Monday, June 24, 2013

See Our Pictures

The open house was such a great event that we had to capture some of the great moments.  Please check out our FACEBOOK PAGE to see the photos of the night.  While you are there please "like" our page and share it with your friends, family, and coworkers.  We are constantly updating it and often have great deals for free screens, discounted workout equipment and other fun goodies.

Open House - Did You Miss It?

Did you miss the open house?  Maybe you were busy, out of town, with your family, or just didn't hear about it.  We would like to invite EVERYONE to stop by and get a tour of our new location.  We have customized the space to best serve the public's need for individualized programs that include premier one-on-one manual therapy and therapeutic exercise.

Open House - A Success!

All of us here at Hayashida and Associates Physical Therapy want to thank everyone who attended our open house at 319 Anacapa Street. It was a great night with great food, drinks, and conversation.   The open house gave us a chance to show off our new custom space and explain to patient, clients, and local business owners how we can get them reach their functional and movement goals.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Does a 7-Minute Workout Work?

If you talk to many fitness professionals they may tell you that you need to combine high intensity cardiovascular activity and resistance weight training.  What if we were to say that you can get a high intensity workout that fulfils these needs in only 7 minutes? A recent scientific article in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal gives us evidence that you can!

In this article scientists were able to show that “a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding” at submaximal effort.   The exercises should be done in intervals. This recovery period between large muscles groups of the upper and lower body should be a maximum of 10 seconds.  The nice thing about alternating between the upper and lower body is that during an exercise, the unexercised muscles have a moment to recover, which can make the order that you perform the exercises very important. 

“The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each [with a 10-second rest between exercises], while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10, [director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute] Mr. Jordan says. Those seven minutes should be, in a word, unpleasant. The upside is, after seven minutes, you’re done.”

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