Did you know that the number one predictor of longevity is the amount of lean muscle mass you have on your body? Turns out, there’s a lot of truth behind the saying “use it or lose it.” When it comes to aging, if you don’t use your body, you will surely lose it. Without a consistent exercise regimen, your muscles will become weak and flabby and your joints will become stiff and brittle.
No matter your age, moderate exercise will help ward off Alzheimer’s and memory problems, decrease anxiety and depression, boost your focus and enhance your brain’s ability to repair itself.
Here are five proven techniques for achieving peak physical fitness and a high-octane brain:
Interval Training– If you want a greater mood enhancer and a better brain booster as an aerobic exercise, try interval training—60-second bursts at a go-for-broke intensity (such as running), followed by a few minutes of lower-intensity exertion (such as brisk walking). One study has found that doing high-intensity burst training burns fat faster than continuous moderately intensive activities.
Resistance Training– Take your workouts to the next level by adding resistance training. Without proactive strength training, aging adults tend to lose muscle mass and strength. According to research done at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, individuals with weaker muscles appear to have a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and declines in cognitive function over time.
Coordination Activities– Boost your brain with coordination activities such as dancing, tennis, or table tennis (which I consider to be the world’s best brain sport). In such activities, the aerobic exercise spawns new brain cells while the coordination moves strengthen the connections between those new cells, so your brain can recruit them for other purposes such as thinking, learning, and remembering. It’s recommended that you do some form of aerobic coordination activity at least four to five times a week for at least 30 minutes.
Balance Exercises- Controlled movement exercises, like yoga or tai chi, can increase balance and decrease falls. Balance exercises can help prevent major physical injuries and brain traumas.
Don’t Overdo It– Avoid excessive exercise, which can cause free radicals to attack your cells, damage your DNA and accelerate aging.
Bottom line: exercise is a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and just have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of some form of physical activity every day. If you’re looking to lose weight, you may want to extend the duration and increase the intensity of your workout sessions.
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