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The Value Of Exercise

The Value Of Exercise

One of the most powerful ways to keep your mind healthy is with exercise.

Physical activity has been shown to promote neurogenesis — the formation of new neurons — and so it’s not surprising that exercise would help keep your mind sharp. In 2012, Zelinski published a meta analysis on methods to improve cognition in older adults.

An analysis from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging found that moderate exercise in mid or late life was linked to a reduced chance of developing mild cognitive impairment. 

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Pushing Your Brain

Pushing Your Brain

Just as you can train your body, you can also train your brain. “Cognitive training is very much like taking your brain to the gym,” says Amit Lampit, a clinical neuroscientist at the University of Melbourne in Australia. The idea is to use highly structured exercises to practice cognitive processes so you can improve and maintain cognitive performance.

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The Right Diet

The Right Diet

A Mediterranean diet (high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, fish and olive oil) may help keep your brain healthy, Zelinski says. Numerous studies have shown that diets that follow the Mediterranean pattern might help maintain good cognitive health.

A study published in 2019 looked at more than 2,600 participants in a longitudinal study of aging and found that those who’d eaten a Mediterranean-style diet as adults had better cognitive performance in middle age.

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