Walk for Memory

If you have found it challenging to stick to an exercise plan this past year, listen up! Routine exercise isn’t just good for your physical health, new research has found when you ride a bike, hike, walk outdoors or do laps around an indoor walking track, and you’re also helping your memory.

The takeaway message from new research is this: If you are over 50 and are having trouble sticking to a regular walking regimen, you may want to focus on committing to your walking schedule. Changes in patterns of walking – walking less frequently, walking with different gaits as you age, and walking slower and less steadily on even paths can indicate cognitive problems later on in life.

What’s more, new research from various institutes including the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois found walking or riding a bike for six months or up to a year can help improve memory as well as problem solving skills in older adults by up to 20 percent.

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7 Ways To Lighten Panic Attack Overload And Start Making Progress

There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.

If you want to take down the Empire State Building, you have to get the bricks out, one at a time. It may take you a long time but that is a sure way to go about it.

It is much like eliminating your anxiety and panic attack problems. You need to be able to understand that breaking it down to manageable chunks (by learning how to change you behavior, changing your thinking patterns and a host of other natural techniques) will break down your entire ” Empire State building” of anxiety and panic disorder sooner, if not later.

Isn’t that a comforting thought? You bet it is.

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Fresh Air for Brain Health

Gardening has long been known as a great way to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. And gardening has hidden benefits that can boost your overall health including better brain health.

You don’t need a big plot of land to enjoy gardening. Use containers on a porch or patio to grow a wide variety of fruits or vegetables. A five-gallon bucket with holes for drainage can be used to grow a great crop of tomatoes.

Even if you aren’t actively involved in gardening, just walking in a garden can give you a sensory experience that promotes relaxation and reduces stress.

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A Curious and Hungry Mind Keeps Your Brain Fit

Everyone, every day is aging. But today’s retirees, as well as Baby Boomers soon to retire are not content whiling away time. They want and demand more from their later years. The good news is that a hunger to learn more is an incredible asset. When you have that, it can translate to better cognitive and physical health. With the passing of time come the inevitable challenges associated with aging. But healthy, active adults can enrich their lives when they engage in learning something new each day of the week.

The frontier of our lifetime is our brain. Its neurological universe is vast and complicated. The more information we uncover about the brain, the more we understand how key the brain is to healthy aging. As we get older our brain cells deteriorate. The connections (synapses), like millions of tiny phone lines, lose their connectivity. These connections are the pathways for everything we feel, think and understand. Preventing the loss of neurons and synaptic connectivity is essential to brain health throughout life. As yet there is no guaranteed fountain of youth, but you can do many things to feel youthful and help your brain stay fit.

The brain is much like the heart – it needs to be active and fed right. Think of the brain this way – it requires exercise much in the way that the heart needs physical activity to remain strong. In an important brain health research study at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, researchers found that the brain benefits from an increased blood supply and increased oxygen levels. The study says that aerobic exercise is key to the brain receiving sufficient blood supply and oxygen needs to sustain the activity of billion neurons firing at once. The study also found that people who were in good physical shape had brains that appeared to be healthier than participants not in good physical shape.

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