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Regular exercise is not just good for your waistline; it is also good for your brain!
Research now shows that specific physical activities can significantly alter the brain’s structure in precise ways.
There is compelling evidence that staying physically fit keeps your brain healthy into old age. The strongest link is between aerobic fitness and memory. According to an article in The Guardian, brisk walking for 30-45 minutes, three times a week, can help fight off dementia.   

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19 Oct 2017

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Regular exercise is not just good for your waistline; it is also good for your brain!
Research now shows that specific physical activities can significantly alter the brain’s structure in precise ways.
There is compelling evidence that staying physically fit keeps your brain healthy into old age. The strongest link is between aerobic fitness and memory. According to an article in The Guardian, brisk walking for 30-45 minutes, three times a week, can help fight off dementia. 

Studies also show that on the days when employees visited the gym, their experience at work changed. Many reported managing their time more effectively, being more productive, and having smoother interactions with their colleagues. Just as important…they went home feeling more satisfied at the end of the day, says a study in the Harvard Business Review.

Still, many of us find it difficult to make time to exercise. Perhaps, rather than  thinking of exercise as something we do for ourselves, we think of it as part of our work itself. When we choose not to exercise, our brain may process slower, forget more often, and get easily frustrated. So, to be more effective, exercising should be a part of our job.

Here are five ways to make exercise a habit:

  1. Get up earlier and go to bed earlier. Set your alarm or alarms if you’re not a morning person. Lay out everything the night before and get into bed so that you can get your recommended 6-8 hours of sleep. People who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with it than those who wait until later in the day.
  2. Find an activity you enjoy. If you hate spinning, don’t do it. There are plenty of other activities you might enjoy that will inspire you to stay with your fitness regime.
  3. Join a health club or fitness group. Working out with others is more fun. Look for an accountability group. People who will call you when you sleep in and get you out of bed and into your gym shoes.
  4. Make it convenient. If you have to drive 30 minutes one way to get to the gym, you probably won’t go as often. Think about this…if you find a club close to work, will you want to go there on weekends?
  5. Set attainable goals. Don’t be too ambitious when you begin your program. Set goals you can reach so that you don’t become discouraged and stop. Make sure your goals are measurable in ways that matter to you. You’re much more than a number on the scale. Success to you may be: looking good in your favorite jeans, running the half-marathon, or going hiking with your grandchildren.

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Your brain and your employer will thank you! 

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