It is said that there are 6 pillars of brain health: medical health, food and nutrition, sleep and relaxation, mental fitness, social interaction, and physical exercise. These elements of a person’s lifestyle have a significant impact on their brain health. Physical wellness is a crucial element to the brain’s continued and developed health. What are the best ways to maintain and develop physical wellness?
One way to develop physical wellness is to build endurance. Aerobic exercises such as running, biking, and swimming can all help lead to preserving brain cells as well as well as the growth of new brain cells. Increasing aerobic activity is easy because at the very least all you need is a decent pair of running shoes!
Next, there’s strength training. While some may consider these exercises just for bodybuilders, there are other benefits beyond just building strength and muscle in these types of exercises. Strength training can boost brain power through improved mood, enhanced concentration, and heightened decision-making skills.
Flexibility and balance also come into play, and both can diminish with age. It’s true that the importance of flexibility is mainly physical, helping to reduce risk of injury and improve posture. However with better flexibility also comes more energy. Balance is similar, in that the benefits not only improve the physical condition and reduce the risk of injury, but there’s also a mental aspect as it’s been shown to help move through life more easily.
Always remember that any small bit of exercise that you can fit into your life will improve not only your physical wellness, but in turn, your brain health. Developing a routine that includes aerobic exercise, strength training, flexibility and balance exercises is a proven way to both maintain and develop brain health over the years. What does your exercise plan look like?
Posted on April 8 2019 in Blog