Exercise is the most important thing you can do for your brain

 

People tend to focus on brain workouts as the best way to improve brain health. In reality, physical exercise is far more impactful. 

 

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The Global Council on Brain Health, an independent collaborative of scientists, health professionals, scholars and policy experts from around the world, produced a report in April, 2016 that provides recommendations on how to use physical exercise to impact brain health:

1. 150 minutes of weekly, moderate-intensity aerobic activity and two or more days a week of moderate-intensity, muscle-strengthening activities.

2. Lead a physically active lifestyle throughout the day.
3. Identify meaningful and enjoyable ways to increase and maintain physical activity. 

Here’s the good news—there is no one perfect exercise—the activity you should focus on is the one you enjoy most!

Challenge yourself a little bit more over time, for example, if you are not very active, start stretching and walking at a leisurely pace. If you are already a walker or jogger, increase your pace or distance. If you are an active runner, keep running and start strength/resistance training. 

Staying Sharp provides a wide variety of fun and engaging ways to incorporate meaningful exercise into your lifestyle. 

Remember, AARP members get a wide variety of fun and engaging ways to incorporate meaningful exercise into your lifestyle with Staying Sharp.

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