Your brain is shrinking. Don’t be too alarmed. Some brain shrink is actually perfectly normal as we get older.
But should that shrink happen too fast or go too far, THEN we’ve got a problem. Because that means you could be facing cognitive decline and even dementia.
The good news? Scientists have already found a brake for that shrink that can help slow it down to a crawl. So you end up with a BIGGER brain for longer.
The trouble is that solution is something many of us hate… exercise.
Let’s face it, we might have the best of intentions, but we’re not always all that consistent about our exercise routines. And our brains could be paying the price.
Now, a new study reveals an alternative to heavy workouts. And it’s a solution so easy you might have a hard time believing it works at first.
This daily brain-saving activity isn’t exercise. Well, not in the usual sense, at least. But it CAN have that same powerful effect on the brain.
And as a bonus, you’ll get more stuff done around the house.
Hate exercise? Try THIS brain saver instead!
Are you ready for this? Stop procrastinating and take care of all those little things you need to do around your home. Because that, my friend, is the key.
The new study finds that everyday household chores are just as good for brain health as traditional “exercise.” In fact, in some ways, they may be better. And they too can help your brain stay bigger for longer.
That’s true of the stuff you HAVE to do, like cooking, shopping, and caregiving if you have a loved one who needs help at home.
But it also applies to the tasks many of us put off, including…
- heavy housework
- home repairs
They all count. In fact, people who regularly tackle these chores themselves not only have bigger brain volume but more gray matter where it… well… matters most. That’s in the all-important hippocampus, which is crucial to memory and cognition.
And that bigger brain reality holds true no matter how much, or how LITTLE, traditional exercise you get.
This dream team could help STOP the shrink
The researchers believe that planning and then doing the housework requires putting parts of your brain to work. And that’s a form of “exercise” for the mind that can help you stay sharp.
But they also believe this could be a sign the benefits of doing those household chores may go well beyond brain health.
One reason exercise keeps the brain big is that it enhances circulation. That, in turn, ensures a good flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, so it has what it needs to fight the shrink.
So if chores are leading to bigger brain volume, it could mean that these tasks enhance circulation, much like exercise. And that means better all-around cardiovascular health, too.
But as good as that sounds, why choose one or the other? Get those chores done but recommit to getting some more traditional exercise too.
It doesn’t have to be in a gym, or working out with weights, or walking on a treadmill.
You can try chair exercises at home, for example. (Click here to get started with 8 fun chair exercises that can help you stay fit and flexible.)
Try walking up and down the stairs for five minutes. Or simply take a brisk stroll around your neighborhood or through a local park.
You’ll get the best of all worlds—the brain-expanding benefits of household chores, plus the blood-pumping, heart-saving, stroke-stopping benefits of exercise.
A bigger brain, better health, AND a cleaner home. And you can do it all with hardly breaking a sweat. That’s what I call a win.