Two common misconceptions about brain health are 1) you don’t have to worry about it when you’re younger, and 2) there’s no reason to keep improving it when you’re older. But, research has shown, you can change your brain no matter how old you are.
If you’re in your 20s and assume you don’t have to worry about cognitive decline, think again. The human brain doesn’t fully mature until age 25. Some neuroscientists suspect the brain may even keep developing into our 30s. This means your current diet, sleep, exercise patterns, alcohol consumption, and overall lifestyle are affecting how your brain is developing.
If you’re fortunate enough to reach your 80s or older, you have every reason to keep improving your cognitive health and function, too. If you take care of your brain, it will allow you to stay sharp so you can continue to engage with your friends and family, read books, enjoy movies, and pursue your hobbies. At the clinic, I even saw people in their 80s boost their cerebral circulation and improve their brain function.
Remember that the brain can always change. I have a saying I like to use with my clients: No brain left behind. We can make your brain better, no matter what your age is. Here’s how to start right now:
1. Take a brisk walk.
Research shows a short bout of exercise can increase cerebral blood flow, creativity, new idea generation, and overall executive function. If you’ve reached a mental block at work or need to prepare for a big meeting, do your brain and your career a favor by taking a fast walk around the office. [ … ]