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Exercise Is the Single Best Way to Keep Your Brain Active

This week is Brain Awareness Week, and this short but sweet post gets straight to the point. Clinical neuroscientist, Dr Cathy Stinear explains that exercise is the single best way to keep your brain active.

It’s Brain Awareness Week, with a focus on research into how the brain works, and teaching people how to look after what’s between their ears.

Clinical neuroscientist Dr Cathy Stinear says she’s often amazed by just how much of a recovery people with injuries can make.

She says contrary to popular belief, physical exercise is the best way to get the best out of your brain.

“A lot of people think that to keep their brain healthy into older age they need to be doing crosswords and sudoku and playing bridge and those are all good things but in fact the single best thing you can do for your brain health is to simply go for a walk every day.”

Dr Stinear says people of all ages are always keen to learn more about how their brain functions.

So put away the sudoku and newspaper, get outside in the fresh air, pick your favourite aerobic activity whether it be swimming, walking, jogging or anything else and set aside just 20 minutes a day. I find the best time to do exercise is often first thing in the morning, or just after breakfast so you can mentally prepare yourself for the day to come.  It’s one of the best ways to focus in my opinion.  Remind yourself that exercise is the single best way to keep your brain active – and without it, your brain will suffer.

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