Archive for March, 2015

Going to the Gym a Chore? Try “Temptation Bundling”

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

temptationWe have all heard that a great way to keep working toward your goals, is to reward yourself for some of the small milestones along the way. For example, you want to lose 15 pounds, so at 5 pounds, you’ll buy yourself new running shoes, and  at 10 pounds, treat yourself to massage, etc.  We all have days though, where those goals seem far away, and we need some sort of immediate gratification as a little extra push to get our butts moving.   For those days, we suggest possibly “temptation bundling.”

Temptation bundling is basically pairing something you’d rather not do, with something that you could consider a guilty pleasure.  For example, Wharton professor and researcher Katherine Milkman, told Lifehacker.com, she knew she needed to go to the gym more, so she allowed herself to listen to “less-than-scholarly” audiobooks, only while she was working out. Soon she she was the gym 5 days a week!

(CONFESSION: We totally admit, that we sometimes use our treadmill time to catch up on some Real Housewives.)

The article goes on to talk about how you can use this method for other tasks, such as catching up on work emails while getting a pedicure, and you can read about it here.

So we want to know – do you use temptation bundling as a way of going to the gym? What’s your guilty pleasure?  Tell us in the comments! 

 

Identical Twin Study: What Happens When We Stop Working Out?

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

men-311210_640Trying to figure out how exercise directly effects the body and brain, can often times be a timely and costly feat. However, scientists in Finland have found a way around this, by studying identical twins — and the results are eye-opening to say the least!

As the New York Times explains:

To prove that exercise directly causes a change in people’s bodies, scientists must mount randomized controlled trials, during which one group of people works out while a control group does not. But these experiments are complicated and costly and, even in the best circumstances, cannot control for volunteers’ genetics and backgrounds.

And genetics and upbringing matter when it comes to exercise. Genes affect our innate endurance capacity, how well we respond to different types of exercise, and whether we enjoy working out at all. Childhood environment also influences all of this, muddying the results of even well-conducted exercise experiments.

In this study researchers were able to find 10 sets of identical male twins (so they have the same DNA make-up) who were raised together (so they had similar upbringing) whose workout habits similar when they were younger, but diverged as the years went on. Another interesting factor – the twins’ still had similar dietary habits, it was only their exercise routines that diverged.

Results:

  • The sedentary twins hand lower endurance capacities, higher body fat percentages and signs of insulin resistance.
  • Plus, the active twins had “significantly more grey matter than the sedentary twins, especially in areas of the brain involved in motor control and coordination.”

And this was only a after a few years!

Read the New York Times article here: One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn’t