The end of summer is approaching, which means it’s time for adults and professionals to recapture a “back to school” discipline, including positive health habits to last through the end of the year.
Among a self-care regiment, it’s important to include activities that keep your brain healthy and active. For some tips on how to do just that, I spoke with professional dietitian, April N. Winslow, MS, RDN, CEDRD. More practical tips and insights into brain health and fitness during BrainFutures 2017, a conference set for September 6-7 in Washington, D.C.
Tip #1: Try to learn something new, every single day.
An active mind allows for the development of new neural pathways and keeps creative energy flowing. Download and listen to a podcast on a topic you are unfamiliar with, or commit to learning a few words of a new language each week.
Tip #2: Integrate physical movement into your brain-training activities.
The brain needs exercise to stay fit. Increasing your heart rate causes the heart muscle to pump nutrient dense blood to all areas of the body, including the brain. More specifically, clinical research has demonstrated significant neurological benefits from regular exercise on mental health outcomes. Aerobic exercises increase oxygen levels in the brain and throughout the body, thus making the metabolic breakdown of food into fuel more efficient.