Physical Exercise is one of the most important ways to improve brain fitness and memory, like walking, hiking, riding a bike, cross-country skiing, dancing, etc. Aerobic exercise is the key. Dancing not only boosts the oxygen supply to the brain, but learning new dance steps also increases the production of brain cells, new pathways and synapses. Try Jazzercise, Zumba, Western Dancing, Sulsa or Ballroom Dancing, you might like it. I guarantee you will laugh a lot.
A woman who exercise can lower their chances of developing dementia by 50 percent.” Imagine what it would do for men as well. He presents startling new research “to prove that exercise is truly the best defense against everything from mood disorders to ADHD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer’s.”
Have you heard this old saying, “He who has the most toys when he dies, wins?” Well, I decided that it should really be, “He who has the most brain cells when he dies, wins!”
Yes, weight lifting and yoga are excellent for the body, mind and spirit, but aerobic exercise is one of the best things to add to your brain fitness routine. I’ve read that at least 5 hours a week will make a significant difference. So start today, to put some sort of aerobic exercise on your weekly schedule. Make it fun listen to music, walk or hike with a friend.
Last summer, a friend enticed me to get back on my bike by riding to a restaurant for breakfast. The fear of falling, of not responding quickly enough, and crossing streets held me back. We took it slow and I felt ecstatic that I was able to push beyond my comfort zone. By the end of the summer, I was riding by myself and the fear was banished and my confidence increased mentally and physically.
I invite you to tell me your success stories in regards to physical exercise. There will be more blogs on Memory Tips and opportunities for you to respond and comment!