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How do we increase our brain’s power and efficiency? Take a walk!

How do we increase our brain’s power and efficiency? Take a walk!

Sounds easy but movement is a key to the historic development of our brains and to the continued health of the brain. As noted in the book, Brain Rules, “The brain is designed for movement. Exercise gets blood to your brain, bringing it glucose for energy and oxygen to soak up the toxic electrons that are left over. It also stimulates the protein that keeps neurons connecting. ”

Aerobic exercise 2 x per week results in ½ risk of general dementia. It cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s by 60%.

Research finds that the greatest predictor of successful aging is the presence or absence of a sedentary lifestyle.

How much do you have to exercise/walk to obtain brain benefit? Studies show a significant improvement in cognitive skills with aerobic exercise, 30 minutes at a time, 2 or 3 times per week. If you add resistance training, you increase the cognitive benefit.”

The cognitive improvement can occur dramatically within 12 weeks for both kids and adults. However, note that the improvement declines to pre-exercise levels when the exercise regimen is withdrawn.” 

In Scientific American Mind, researchers noted that “When people walk, they often begin to integrate the insights and intuitions that they have had through morning pages and outings.”

Steve job was famous (or notorious) for taking walks with his visitors, employees or by himself when he wanted to think through ideas and thoughts.

ADD and ADHD. Recent studies have shown that kids given regular exercise (movement) breaks perform better in school academically and have fewer behavior problems. Add protein in the morning to your child’s morning meal and you will likely see even more improvement.

Reference: For more information on exercise and its benefits, refer to the website of the Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness at

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