15 ways to keep your glow | Health Beat

Get the glow with these skin-healthy tips. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Winter may be harsh on the spirit, but it’s also rough on the skin.

From getting pelted by blowing snow to being cooped up inside without the benefit of outdoor activity, our skin takes a beating.

Kim Delafuente, ACSM-PD, a Spectrum Health community health educator, offers up some tips on how to get through this cold weather season looking (and feeling) a whole lot better.

15 surefire ways to get your glow back:

1. Exercise saves your skin

“There are a lot of small blood vessels on the surface of the skin,” Delafuente said. “As you exercise, the blood flow rises to that level. With the blood comes oxygen. It’s actually the oxygen that helps rejuvenate the skin and helps to get rid of toxins.”

2. Sweat often

Sweating is often viewed as a negative thing, especially for women.

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How You Can Strengthen Your Brain by Getting a Drum Kit

Drums are more than a thing that annoys your neighbors. It seems the instrument can change the architecture of your brain. A study in the journal Brain and Behavior put 20 professional drummers into an MRI scanner. It found that longtime drumming strengthens the corpus callosum, the large structure that connects the two brain hemispheres. It’s probably because drumming requires such advanced motor functions, with the left and right hands working independently of each other.

“People tend to perform motor tasks with either the left or the right hand, and if we need both, it’s easier to perform synchronous movements,” explains study author Lara Schlaffke, who researches neuroplasticity at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany. “Drummers, however, perform movements with different rhythms with both hands and feet at the same time.”

This may postpone age-related motor deficits that occur over time, and drumming may even help stroke victims regain motor

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