If anyone ever has the nerve to call you a fat head, don’t get mad. Thank them for the compliment instead.
Because the meatier the gray matter in your brain is the better off you are.
Some brain shrinkage as we age is impossible to avoid. But a faster shrink usually goes hand in hand with memory problems.
Even worse, it can be a sign of cognitive decline.
And don’t think you’re off the hook if you haven’t noticed any symptoms of that shrink yet. Experts say it starts happening long before any obvious cognitive problems pop up.
Brain boosting discovery preserves gray matter
And now researchers say they’ve uncovered a way for older adults to hang on to more of their precious gray matter.
The best news of all may be that it couldn’t be any simpler. In fact, you can even get started today.
Your gray matter plays in role in just about every aspect of your life. It includes the regions of your brain which are responsible for your senses, speech, memory, muscle movement and more.
When you have more gray matter, your thinker is firing on all cylinders. You’re at the top of your cognitive game. While less of the gray stuff is associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In other words, having a “fat head” is a clear advantage. And now we have an idea of how we can hold on to ours.
Study reveals secret to brain boosting for seniors
If you guessed exercise, you’re right. Sort of. Because I’m willing to bet, it’s not the kind of “exercise” you’re thinking.
Study volunteers wore a small electronic device called an accelerometer for seven to ten days straight in the new study.
The accelerometer measured every movement the seniors made keeping track of…
The researchers compared the data from the accelerometers to MRI scans showing how much gray matter each of the volunteers had. And a clear pattern emerged.
The more physically active folks had far beefier brains.
Even after the researchers adjusted their data for things like age, gender, education level, symptoms of depression and body mass index the link remained. The seniors who were unseating their seat more often had more gray matter.
But these were no gym rats by any stretch of the imagination.
They were ordinary older folks in their 70s and 80s. They weren’t pumping iron or even Sweating to the Oldies in their own living rooms.
In fact, the volunteers who were more physically active were doing very ordinary things such as gardening, housework and walking the dog.
In other words, the brain boosting secret to preserving your gray matter is simply to stay engaged in everyday activities. Cooking, cleaning, walking to the mailbox it all counts.
Just keep moving.
No work “workout” can help give you a beefier brain
But of course, the more activity you get the better off your brain (and your body) will be.
So while the regular physical activity that comes along with doing chores is a great place to start there’s no reason you can’t have the best of both worlds.
Don’t worry I get it. Committing to a regular gym routine is difficult in the best of circumstance. But when you’re a senior, it can be even more challenging.
Cost and transportation can stand in the way. And let’s face it gyms can be downright intimidating. They aren’t exactly older folks friendly.
Something simple you can do at home, at your own pace, and even in front of the T.V. if you like, is a much more realistic goal. And I have just the thing.
Some fun chair exercises that will help you stay fit and flexible while they do a little secret brain boosting at the same time. Our free special report Stay fit and flexible with 8 fun chair exercises is perfect for everyone, no matter your fitness level.
So go ahead, get started and embrace your fat head.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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