Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Boost Your Brain!

There is a growing body of research suggesting that the benefit of exercise extends beyond physical health; it may even prevent mental decline. So, the next time you're pondering where you left your keys, consider coming in to work out. It may boost your memory power.

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Boost Your Brain

Next time you are feeling uninspired, puzzled or stumped, don't bang your head against the wall, get moving. Even a short 20-minute bout of exercise might be enough to unlock your mental block, says Philip Tomporowski, Ph.D. an exercise scientist at the University of Georgia.

It's no surprise that exercise can put pep in your step and a smile on your face. The connection between cardiovascular activity and mood is more than a feeling, it's scientific fact. There is growing evidence that exercise makes you smarter, enhances your ability to solve problems, brainstorm ideas and think fast.

"If I had to pick between fitness training and brain training, I'd go with fitness," said Sam Wang, an associate professor of neuroscience and molecular biology at Princeton University. So far, he said, physical exercise has been shown to have an effect several times larger than computer-brain exercises.

One of the best thing you can do for your brain is to move your body.

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