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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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What really works to help an aging brain. It’s not going to function like it did in your 20s, but there are things you can do.

washingtonpost.com

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Focused & Diffuse Modes - two modes of thinking

Focusing:

  • concentrating intently on sth you're trying to learn
  • sth you're rather familiar with -> thought moves smoothly as if it's traveling along a familiar, nicely paved road

Diffuse thinking:

  • more relaxed, related to a set of neural resting states
  • for new ideas/ approaches
  • looking at things broadly from a big picture perspective -> making new neural connections & pathways
  • it’s not for problem solving/finest aspects of sth, but for getting to the initial place you need to be in to home in on a solution

Each helps us to learn, but you can't be in both modes at the same time.

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Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects - Unfinished yet

coursera.org

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