Friday, August 21, 2015

Walking seems to be on people's minds

Maybe it's the expectation of cooler weather but I've been seeing a lot of writing about walking.

This is a nice piece from the New Yorker. I excerpted the health benefits portion below, but the piece ambles back to the connections between walking and creativity, especially writing.

Why Walking Helps Us Think - The New Yorker: What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and writing? The answer begins with changes to our chemistry. When we go for a walk, the heart pumps faster, circulating more blood and oxygen not just to the muscles but to all the organs—including the brain. Many experiments have shown that after or during exercise, even very mild exertion, people perform better on tests of memory and attention. Walking on a regular basis also promotes new connections between brain cells, staves off the usual withering of brain tissue that comes with age, increases the volume of the hippocampus (a brain region crucial for memory), and elevates levels of molecules that both stimulate the growth of new neurons and transmit messages between them.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

’Bama vs. Gators - The New York Times

New York Times joins in the annual Alabama gator hunt:

Bama vs. Gators - The New York Times: The trick is not finding an alligator, but finding one worthy of the time and effort required to capture it. Most want a 10-footer. The one Stokes found, 100 miles north of here, was 15 feet long, and it weighed more than 1,000 pounds. Its stomach contained the front and rear halves of an adult white-tailed deer, a pair of squirrel carcasses, the bones of a duck, and teeth believed to be from a young cow.

“Hunting something that can hunt you back — that’s kind of cool,” said Carlos Garcia, waiting for sunset at the Cliff’s Landing boat launch.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain - The New York Times

From the New York Times:

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain - The New York Times: A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.

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Read this Wayne Flynt piece on the contributions of Alabamians to the jazz and the blues music Tuxedo Junctions and other famous places - ...