Legendary comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, said it best. “To me, if life boils down to one thing, it's movement. To live is to keep moving.” However, in a society where we spend an average of 12 hours a day sitting, movement has seemed to take a back-seat to technology (think laptops, phones, cars and TV’s). While moving our bodies has a direct correlation with overall health and longevity; it has an equally profound effect on our brain function, memory, and cognition.
One of the biggest obstacles I face when coaching people for optimal health is the overcoming the lack of quality sleep. In a world with constant stimulation of late night TV, e-mails, and smart phones, we are constantly exposing ourselves to unwanted artificial light. Believe it or not, there was a time when humans relied on the sun and moon to dictate when to start and end their days. This schedule called "circadian rhythm" is still essential if we want to optimize energy, cognition, and performance.