New research is showing that lifting weights may have an effect on lifting a person’s mood. It has already been established that exercise can reduce symptoms of depression but until recently most of this evidence had to do with studies based on the effects of aerobic exercise. In 2017 research on the positive effects of resistance training on anxiety were published in JAMA Psychiatry but that particular research did not address the effects on depression. These researchers decided to reevaluate 200 previous studies to see if they could determine if indeed weight training eased symptoms of depression. What they found was all subjects had a decrease in depression no matter how severe the symptoms were. It did not matter how often they weight-trained, whether it was 2 times or 5 times a week. What mattered was consistency. The reduction on levels of depression seemed to occur no matter what age the subject was. The results did not suggest that resistance training was better then aerobics or medication but it showed that there is also another avenue to explore when someone suffers from depression.
Approximately 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans each year.
A new initiative by the Indian government called Suchitwa Sagarem
(Clean Sea) is putting this plastic to use with the help of its fishermen.
These fisherman have caught more then 25 tons of plastic in the last
10 months which will all be turned into roads within the country. Not
only will this relieve the burden of plastic in the ocean but it is a less
costly way of constructing roadways. This plastic is a much more durable
plastic as opposed to that which is traditionally used. It seems that recycled
plastic is much more capable of withstanding the intense heat in India. In
the US alone we use and discard 500 million straws a day. Hopefully other
countries and companies will follow suit. Adidas for one has just introduced
its new running shoe which is also made entirely from plastic recovered
from the ocean.
Where do all the items that we dispose of end up? Are we able to recycle a portion of the impact we are placing on our landfills? The answer is yes. Aluminum foil, for instance, is an item that can be recycled with cans and is easily converted into new foil. Nike has a Reuse-A-Shoe program in which you are able to turn in your useless, overused sneakers to any Nike store where they will reconvert them into new shoes regardless of the brand. There is a National Crayon Recycle Program in which broken or half used crayons can be recycled. The only requirement is that the paper wrapping not be removed for color identity purposes. Office Depot Stores will accept small out of date TVs. Yemm & Hart will accept old wine corks and will convert them into new floor tiles. Chance Toys will give any still-working plastic toys to needy children keeping them from ending up in landfills. Since China has decided to not accept trash as it formally did, it may be necessary to start thinking of alternatives for all the waste we are producing. We are all very busy and this does take time and effort to redirect all of these reusable items but it may be necessary for the health of our planet.
Do we spend enough time with the right people? We tend to emphasize exercise as a basic means of fitness but research is showing that surrounding ourselves with the right people has a lot to do with our well being. The company we keep can have a tremendous influence on obesity, depression, anxiety and exercise. Friends can exert a more positive influence on you then any diet if weight loss is your goal. Okinawa is one of the regions of the world where people live the longest. Their diet has been studied and has shown to be one of the healthiest along with the Mediterranean Diet. But is it just diet? Groups of five women in Japan form what is known as a Moai for life. These five people support each other physically, emotionally and even financially for as long as they live. Dan Buettner a major contributor to National Geographic has spent time studying this group idea. He has tried to encourage this concept here in America. Looking at the world as having a glass half full makes one appreciative of what they have as opposed to looking at what is missing in their lives.