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Move Your Body to Improve Your Brain

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

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Lifting My Brain Power and Spirits

Scared you’ll lose your memory, mental acuity, or brain function as you age? Have you watched an older loved one’s mental faculties decline, hoping this will not be you one day? Forget hoping and start moving as you have more control over your future brain power than you ever knew.

Exercise Your Way to More Smarts

Cardio exercise has officially moved into the number one spot for “the best thing you can do for your brain.”  (AARP Bulletin, Get Moving for a Healthy Brain, Sept 2013, pgs 12-13). Take that crossword puzzles, foreign languages, and musical instruments! (Also touted as great vehicles to boost brain power, but downshifted out of first place given the latest research).

If you want to keep smart, cut your risk of Alzheimer’s in half, repair brain cell damage, and basically grow a bigger brain, you’ve got to Move Like Jagger! Face facts midlifers and baby boomers — if you do not eke out at least 150 minutes of cardio per week, your brain actually shrinks every year post 40, year after sedentary year.

Devote 150 Minutes to Add Life to Your Years and to What Lies Between Your Ears

But if you want to increase your brain size and capability — cue harps and trumpets –  then find a way to work in about 22 aerobic minutes each day.  Or 50 minutes three times a week. Or 75 minutes twice a week. I can do this math for you because I boosted my brain teaching step class and walking my young, energetic dog. We’re easy around here how you get to the total and new studies support that ease. Sure walking for weight loss is wonderful. Walking for brain gain is even more powerful and impactful! Or try dancing, swimming, getting on a treadmill, biking, hiking, gardening even (could this be any easier? No I am not going to include watching Dancing With the Stars on this list even though I admit total fanaticism for the show.) It really does not take much time or effort to succeed with a brain fitness program.

TV Watching with the remote and a beer. Feet up

No

powerwalking in winter at Lake Tahoe

Yes

Maybe

Maybe  (heh heh)

Get a Sexy, Tantalizing Hippocampus

Let me stress again how powerful movement is for your brain — each and every time you exercise, you get a bigger hippocampus (that’s sexy talk for the post 50 crowd); you stimulate the growth of new neurons; you cut your risk of dementia by 60 percent. Can I get a rah rah here with a pom pom thrown in please?

Dr Michale Luan yoga pose with fitness ball

Dr Michael Luan Balances Body and Brain

Great Radio Interview to Motivate Your Brain and Body

As Dr. Michael Luan, an expert on Conscious Movement puts it, “We exercise to become better humans. Conscious Movement evolves your brain. The body is your ultimate tool for success, and we all have the potential for greatness. Success with your body creates success with your career, relationships, and ultimately, your life.”  The better your brain, the better your life, wouldn’t you say?

You will be amazed at how foresightul Dr. Michael is in this interview we did with him for our radio show.

Click on the link above or play button below to access the complete episode.


Dr. Michael will motivate you to get moving. And that movement will improve your focus, increase your mood, enhance your decision-making processes, help your ability to plan, regenerate brain cells, help your memory, and basically outsmart all those young people who can’t believe how sharp you are for a person your age.

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C) Hire us to speak at your next meeting or conference. Call (805) 403-4338 or email info@funandfit.org.

 

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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7 Responses to Move Your Body to Improve Your Brain

  1. Lori Trisler September 24, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    Awhile back, I decided to read a book that had been sitting on my shelf for several months. It’s titled “The Couch Potato Workout: 101 Exercises You Can Do At Home!” by Joel M. Press, M.D. Basically, it attempts to incorporate exercises into our everyday routines.

    Some examples are the Feet Alphabet exercise which can be done anywhere you are sitting. Doing the Dishes Neck Circles is another exercise easily done while doing the always fun task of washing the dishes. The Overhead Laundry Toss is an exercise done doing, well, the laundry.

    Anyway, the book offers couch potatoes some means to maintain a minimum level of physical activity, which, I guess, is a place to start.

  2. Aqiyl Aniys September 24, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    During the first part of the interview i couldn’t see any direct cause and effect between moving the body and improving cognitive ability,

    Then Dr. Michael explained how proper movement and posture helps to properly activate the neocortex so we can see the bigger picture and improve mood. EXCELLENT! I agree. Activate connections to the neocortex through movement! Wonderful!
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  3. Jody - Fit at 55 September 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    I hope this is all true since I don’t feel it but based on all my movement, I should be a rocket scientist & I ain’t even close BUT the alternative ain’t pretty so I will take normal ole not too smart & not too dumb me.. :)
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    • Aqiyl Aniys September 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      Hi Jody. I don’t think the intelligence being spoken to here is a specific area of intelligence, but speaks more to an emotional intelligence. The ability to be in a relaxing flow of energy that fosters an environment that allows patience to observe the many moving pieces of a moving picture. The intelligence then comes from being able to see how the parts connect which you can then use to find you own direction in life.
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  4. Cindy Mayer September 25, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I am a firm believer in taking action in all aspects of life and if you can’t devote 22 minutes a day for your own well-being, then it’s all on you! I know there are some people who will say they don’t have the time due to their work and other responsibilities, but this is a complete cop-out as far as I am concerned. I work 75 hours a week, I squeeze in 30 minutes on the elliptical every day, and I still have time to spend one or two hours with my husband and two kids almost every day.

    Take control of your health people! Life is a gift and why not give yourself the chance to live a long, healthy life instead of starting to wither away in your 50′s and 60′s?
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  5. Marcus Darby September 29, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Good for you, Cindy Mayer! and to expand a little of what you’re saying “time is our greatest asset” and what you do with your time determines your overall health and well being. So using your time wisely to maintain a sound mind & body should be priority #1…

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