First: Optimism is good for heart health, at least among men, a new study shows. University of Rochester Medical Center researcher Robert Gramling, M.D., D.Sc., found that men who believed they were at lower-than-average risk for cardiovascular disease actually experienced a three times lower incidence of death from heart attacks and strokes.
Second: Researchers know that half of all people who take up exercise quit during the first six months. However, what researchers have not studied is the way people's thoughts and feelings during workouts affect their decision to drop out. Those who view exercise positively continue exercising. That's the conclusion of a study led byJoanne Kraenzle Schneider, Ph.D., R.N., questioned 364 women over 55 after they finished exercising. She found that those who believed in the health benefits of working out tended to exercise more often, more intensely or for longer periods than those with negative beliefs. "It appears that if you can interpret your experience positively, you will want to exercise more," Schneider says.
Third: Consider this insight: negative thinking leads to weaker, unhealthier brain function. Persistently engaging in negative thinking patterns may raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease, finds a new University College London led study. Published in Alzheimer's & Dementia, the study of people aged over 55, published in Alzheimer's & Dementia, researchers found 'repetitive negative thinking' (RNT) is linked to subsequent cognitive decline as well as the deposition of harmful brain proteins linked to Alzheimer's.
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