Exercise for the BRAIN
Friday, November 16, 2012
Dr Mercola puts out all sorts of health and fitness information. Today it is about ways to protect and help your brain (and related to alzheimer's). Here is an excerpt:
"Three Major Requirements for Brain Power
Cognitive changes related to aging are actually related more to today’s diet and lifestyle, rather than to the aging process itself. As you age, the cumulative effects of environmental toxins, exposure to free radicals, poor nutrition, stress and other factors take their toll on your body. What has been called “age-related cognitive decline” is really an accumulation of this damage to your cells. But this cognitive decay is NOT set in stone!
There are three primary factors that play a powerful role in maintaining sharp mental function, even as you age:
The foods you choose to eat or avoid
Managing your emotional stress
The latest studies, discussed in the following section, really underscore just how important exercise is in order for your brain to function optimally. You already know how important it is to “exercise” your brain by learning new skills, adopting new and varied daily routines, and engaging in creative activities. Such mental and social exercises stimulate brain activity and promote new neural connections. However, physical exercise is even more important than mental exercise, when it comes to protecting your brain from cognitive decline."
The headline is "Forget Crosswords, this is the Best "Workout For Your Brain."
I think it is good information for all of us! Have a look for yourself.