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Healthy Habit #7: Regular, not occasional exercise

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In a nutshell, your cognition = the activity of your brain, and a lot of us seem to forget that our brain is a physical organ that is affected by our physical health.

Keeping fit will help your cognition, especially your speed & accuracy.

Regular, not occasional, physical exercise should be something we all aspire to incorporate into our daily lives. Whether it’s going for a run, standing at your desk in the office, or even getting off the train a stop early and walking the rest of the way – It all helps to make a difference.

By doing any form of exercise, you start to improve the health of your heart… and your heart plays a key role when it comes to keeping your mind sharp. In fact, new research has revealed that a healthy heart protects the brain from age-related decline.

In a study at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, which followed more than 1,000 individuals for six years, seniors with exceptional heart health showed considerably faster brain processing speed and experienced significantly less cognitive decline.

A key goal for those involved in the trial was to aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. Those who stuck to the exercise goal were more likely to maintain healthy brain-processing speed.

Now we don’t need to tell you that exercise is good for your health – You already know that. We just wanted to remind you of how much regular exercise can positively affect your cognition.

Here at MyCognition, as part of our weekly team meetings, we all have to set one personal goal. This week, more than half the team’s goal was fitness-related (e.g. go to the gym 3 times a week). Putting these goals out there to your colleagues, friends or families is a great way to make sure you follow through on them.

How are you keeping fit? Comment below or join in the chat online using #50HealthyHabits.

 

 

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