Mindfulness

I think people should pursue the exercise plan that works for them. I’m an active person and I try to include a three-mile walk into my daily routine because that’s what works for me. Sometimes it happens, sometimes life happens! I stay focused on a quality of life that includes fewer medications, a stronger body, and the desire to keep going as long as possible.

I happened upon a piece in the New York Times about dementia and the effects exercise has on prevention. I was already feeling good about the positive physical results of my exercise efforts, but I hadn’t necessarily thought about the benefits for my brain. Much of the piece focuses on the trend for improving cognitive performance with brain training apps. Review of the scientific findings of the results of these apps, however, point to a better option.

I was already feeling good about the positive physical results of my efforts, but I hadn’t necessarily thought about the benefits for my brain.

Basically, researchers decided people need to “take actual steps” to prevent dementia. Exercise increases the heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain, allowing the brain to heal and protect memory and thinking skills. Improved blood flow stimulates chemical changes in the brain enhancing learning, mood and thinking. Additionally, exercise helps reduce the odds of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

So, a win-win for my daily exercise routine—physical and mental benefits! What’s your exercise routine?