Exercise boosts brain power.
A while back Rannoch of Kettlebells Scotland mentioned the book Brain Rules. I put it on my to-do list back then and have now started reading the book. I have to say it is a well written, easy to read and understand book that discusses how and why our brains work the way they do along with ways to improve our brain health and performance.
Rule #1 stems from the fact that our brains evolved to solve problems related to survival in an outdoor, uncertain environment while moving. Based upon man's migration patterns, scientists estimate that our ancestors typically walked an average of 12 miles each day. That's quite a bit of cardio!
So exercise boosts brain power. And it doesn't have to be a lot. At a minimum, it has been shown that at least walking every day increases brain power. Performing an aerobic workout for 30 minutes only 3 times per week has shown great results. Adding in a bit of resistance training goes even farther.
My take away... keep swinging them bells. You get the best of both worlds, keeping you both physically and mentally healthy into old age!
I'll continue to provide my brief review of the chapters as I make my way through the book. Swing 'em high y'all!!
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