We know the brain never stops changing. We also know that we have the power to help change it for the better. By blending regular, intentional exercise and meditation into our daily lives, we have the potential to grow new healthy brain cells, deepen and strengthen our neural connections, and make our brains stronger, our minds sharper, and our moods better.
So by now, we hope you’re convinced that exercise and meditation can improve your brain. And research suggests that any amount of exercise can have added cognitive and mood benefits—especially if you do it regularly. To help you get started, here are a few recommendations for finding an activity that’s right for you.
Get outside. There’s something beautiful about just being out in nature. And walking can be one of the simplest ways to boost your brain. It doesn’t have to be hard-core; movement is the goal. Walk around the block. Go out in the woods. Hop on your bike. Work in your garden. Walk the golf course. Anything that gets your circulation moving is a good thing.
Get a music device and make a playlist. Because nothing helps get you moving more than your favorite tunes.
Get social. Friends can hold each other accountable, and breaking a sweat together can make the time fly by. If you don’t have friends to work out with, take a class or join a club. Social exercise can do wonders for your health and your relationships, too.
Hire a pro. If you can afford it, hire a trainer or personal coach to help you create a personalized plan. It’s incredibly helpful to have someone in your corner holding you accountable to your own goals.
There’s a lot we don’t know about the brain and how it works, but what we do know is exciting and empowering! So let’s end this course with an affirmation directed at you:
You are powerful.
You are in control.
You are smart.
And your brain is beautiful.
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