Archive for February, 2014

Playing Tetris Can Reduce Cravings

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

tetrisKeep thinking about those chocolate chips cookies cooling in the kitchen?  It may be time to bust out that old Nintendo, or let’s be serious,  downloading Tetris to your phone.

According to a new study in the journal Appetite, cravings have a lot to do with imagery, so “therefore a visually based task should decrease craving and craving imagery.”  To test this, scientists asked participants to rate their cravings, and then they broken up into groups. One group played Tetris, the other, had to wait fora computer program to load, that was designed to never load (worst group ever.)

Results: The group that played Tetris had significantly lower craving and less vivid craving imagery.

“You look at the brightly colored shapes and have to manipulate them to make them fit the gaps,” study author Jackie Andrade, a psychology professor at England’s Plymouth University, told the New York Daily News. “It occupies the same mental process that you need for imagining the food, drink or drug that you are craving. You can’t do both at once, so the craving suffers, which is good if you want to abstain from what you crave.”

What do you do to avoid giving into your cravings?

Olympians Love Yoga!

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

yoga.dogWhat do figure skaters, skiers, and snow boarders all have in common? BESIDES the Olympics? They love Yoga!

The Huffington Post recently profiled several female athletes competing in the Winter Olympics and found that many of them can’t get enough Yoga.

“In a judged sport, you’re always comparing yourself to others,” Shannon Deanne Bahrke, freestyle skier, said. ” Yoga has really taught me to be OK with what I have and to work within myself.  (Check out the whole article, plus some pretty cool photos of each of these athletes in various yoga poses here.)

Is it really any surprise thought?  Here are just a few of Yoga’s many benefits:

  • Stress Reduction
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Improve Energy Levels

Discover some of these benefits for yourself in one of Rock Creek Sports Club’s Yoga Classes! Check out our Schedule!