Memory is just like any other muscle in your body. It grows stronger the more you nourish and exercise it.
Exercise significantly improves your health – from helping to maintain a healthy weight and keeping cholesterol levels in check, to maintaining good blood flow to the body and encouraging growth of new brain cells and connections.
Nelson Dellis, the two-time USA Memory Champion, is also an amateur mountain climber. He exercises about six times a week and will be the first to tell you how important it is to have a healthy physical regimen to maintain brain health.
Springtime is one of the best times to get moving. The crisp air and long days are the perfect surroundings to get fit.
Below are five tips from Nelson on physical activity:
- Warm up and stretch before each workout. Stretching improves circulation and flexibility. Be sure to stretch your upper and lower body.
- Stay balanced. Practice balance using a balance board or ball. Start with both feet on and flex your core to remain centered. Once you’ve mastered two feet, pick one foot up at a time.
- Take a walk. Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that most everyone can do. Start your routine by making small goals, and grow them each week. For example, walk around the block on week one, and lengthen your power stroll by ten blocks the second week.
- Get the right gear. Wear shoes that fit well to ensure you’ll steer clear from blisters! The right shoes will help you stay on track.
- Consistency is key. It’s important to stick to a workout routine and stay motivated to it! Every day is a challenge and your body will thank you if you treat it well!
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