The old Greeks had it right. A sound Mind and a sound Body. In our society however, exercise ambitions are often viewed as inferior to efforts to increase intelligence and rational thinking. The truth however is neither discipline alone but a mixture of the two that breeds the best results for health and intelligence. Here’s how working out can increase your brain power, decrease the risk of dementia and make you sound a lot smarter to the new girl in accounting that you have been trying to engage in conversation at the copier machine.
- Get your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. This has been shown in numerous studies to lower the risk of cognitive decline by almost 40%! Increased circulation does your brain cells a lot of good! Any activity is good, but for best results aim for a cross training results by mixing circuit weight-training, body-weight training, and various forms of cardio throughout the week.
- Dropping some flub will lower the tide of brain decline. Although BMI rankings have some issues of accuracy due to athletes with higher levels of muscle mass registering as unhealthy, lower BMIs do statistically show lower levels of disease. having a BMI of 29 or lower results in less cognitive impairment compared to BMIs over 30.
- Studies show that the catechins in green tea resulted in a 14% increase on memory tests for those that drank it daily compared to those you did not. Catechins boost antioxidants and reduce cell damage.
Here are some other easy lifestyle and fitness changes that really add up if you are consistent: eat lots of berries, healthy fats in fatty wild caught fish, drink coffee, practice yoga and stretch daily, quit smoking, learn a new language, lower alcohol intake, play video games that require quick decision making ( do this while on a stationary cycle for a double whammy of benefit), and ditch the junk food.
By taking consistent daily action with exercise, eating well and reducing bad habits you can significantly improve your odds of leading a long and very healthy life of sound body and Mind!