You Need An Exercise Routine For Your Brain
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Fast thinking, prioritizing, and decision making are actually making your brain stronger and preparing it for top performance for years to come.
The things you struggle with but are proud to accomplish are actually keeping you healthy for a lifetime.
Building a brain-exercise routine will probably be successful if it mirrors the most successful ways to create any other routine.
The answer to maxing out your brain’s performance abilities for the rest of your life lies in how you exercise it—just like your body.
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Neuroscience research shows you can keep your brain sharp in much the same way you keep your body fit.
First thing in the morning:
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You don't have to do something too intense, just get moving to energize your brain and body.
A regular 20 - 45-minute high-intensity exercise will trigger positive endorphins, spark your meta...
Start your day by thinking who you want to be and what impact you want to have on the world.
To help you reach that state of motivation, read or listen to something inspiring.
Meditation is a way to focus your attention to your internal dialogue and moving it into the direction you desire.
The more you are able to focus your attention where you choose to, the stronger your mental muscle will become.
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Eating food increases your metabolism for a while because extra calories are required to process your meal. This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF).
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Drinking water may speed up your metabolism for about an hour. This calorie-burning effect may be even greater if you drink cold water, as your body uses energy to heat it.
Drinking water can also help you fill up and help you eat less, especially if you drink it half an hour before you eat.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves short, intense bursts of activity and help you burn more fat by increasing your metabolic rate.
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Working out at home is a tricky concept and can be harder to execute when the couch is right there in your view.
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It's tough to build a lot of strength or otherwise make progress without the incremental weights you find at a gym, but a few inexpensive home tools and specific movements can go a long way.
It is important to ensure that you prioritize compound movements that work muscle systems, not individual muscles. You'll get a lot more done in less time if you focus on bigger movements - squat, bench, deadlift, row, overhead press.
Goblet squats and squat jumps are great for your lower body when you only have dumbbells. You could also try lunge variations, split squats, step-ups, and deadlift variations.
For your upper body, you could do some chest presses, pushups, row variations, curls, tricep extensions or pullups (if you have a pullup bar installed in a doorway.)
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Losing weight might be a result, but it shouldn't be the goal.
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Surround yourself with positive people. Doing so provides you an encouraging, emotionally healthy environment in which to invest in yourself.
Food is not a reward, and exercise is not a punishment. They are both ways of caring for your body and helping you feel your best.
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Reading is essential for a healthy brain. Reading continues to develop the brains of adults and might help slow down or even stop cognitive decline.
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We often struggle to find time to read. That's why we need to start small.
Research found that audiobooks stimulate the brain differently but just as deeply as reading.
With print books, you need to provide the voice, imagine the tune and rhythm of speech, the intonation, stress of syllables, and so on. All this gets provided for you when listening to audio. With audiobooks, you're using different methods to decode and understand it. But it still deeply impacts your thoughts and feelings.
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Everyone is stressed at the moment and are not sleeping well. Exercise can decrease stress and anxiety. Moving will likely improve your sleep.
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Depression symptoms can vary, but it always results in living in a negative state.Common signs include:
Understand the common triggers. Once you understand which one is behind your depression, you can better learn how to cope with depression.
Feelings of loss, “less than” and “never going to happen” are the major reasons that most people dip into depression. Loss can result from a loved one dying or losing a job; feelings of “less than” can be triggered by comparing yourself to others you view as having more than you and “never” occurs when you start believing that your goals and dreams are completely out of reach.
Many of those trying to find ways to deal with depression have formed limiting beliefs that negatively affect how they think.
If you come from a family who has never had a member attend college, you might believe that you are not smart enough to achieve your goals. Another common limiting belief is that they are supposed to be sad because depression or anxiety runs in their family.
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