Movement & Staying Sharp
We’re kicking off a series on movement with how it helps us stay sharp! We’ll be talking about different types of movement, benefits of movement, and how to incorporate more movement into your day.
The first thing I wanted to share is some information I’ve recently read from “Keep Sharp” by Sanjay Gupta, M.D. I am particularly interested in it because it talks about how to build neural pathways in the brain and neuroplasticity. All of this really means how can we keep our brains sharp. In other words, how can we counteract some of the effects of aging and potential for Alzheimer’s and dementia?
What I find most interesting is that, to sum it up, he claims that the most effective way to build these pathways in our brain is through movement. When we move, there is a chemical that is actually sprayed into our brain that can’t be produced synthetically. This helps to build these new pathways in the brain. In addition, it’s also been proven that having a conversation with someone you care about is better for your brain in terms of building new pathways than puzzles and similar things.
So, if you want the biggest bang for your buck in terms of keeping your brain sharp and keeping those neural pathways fresh, the best thing you can do is move your body, go for a walk, while talking to someone you care about. So, what a great way to get some movement into your day and to keep that brain nice and sharp.