If you want to improve your memory performance, attention span and overall cognitive abilities nature is your answer.  And the trend towards more human focused architecture has recognized the connection between people and their environments.  More and more new projects are including naturally restorative architecture like: Living walls which reduce indoor pollutants along with bringing nature in an otherwise contained environment. Design that places the structure in sync with the sun’s activities with brighter light in “daytime” activity areas. Inclusion of green roofs, which can last up to 80 years. Using natural elements that would normally only be on exteriors like: stone, reclaimed wood, and naturalRead More →

Finding relief from stress and worry is more important than you might think. Chronic stress heightens blood pressure and anxiety, and takes a physical and emotional toll over time, says Dr. Bruce Becker, research professor at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. “When your car has to stay at high RPMs and sustain that for hours on end, things start to wear and break down. It’s the same with the body.” The therapeutic effects of warm water cannot be denied. In a recent study, Becker found that warm-water immersion (at around 100 degrees) for 24 minutes not only reduced the stress response in college studentsRead More →

Is swimming the best exercise for lifelong health? I’ve always hoped so — for decades as a recreational swimmer and more recently, as a competitor in meets sponsored by U.S. Masters Swimming, a group of 50,000 similar enthusiasts ages 18 to over 100. After all, you can swim with just your arms if you have a bum knee, or with just your legs if you have sore arms. You can swim with arthritis. Or a recently replaced hip. So I was thrilled when I opened the May-June 2010 issue of Swimmer and found an article about a 2008 study by Steven Blair, a leading exerciseRead More →

Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States and a good way to get regular aerobic physical activity. Just two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling, or running can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses.  This can also lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease. Many people report enjoying water-based exercise more than exercising on land. It’s fun, relaxing, and doesn’t stress the joints while moving.  So exercise is enjoyed longer in water than on land. Water-based Exercise and Chronic Illness Water-based exercise has been found to be helpfulRead More →