10 Ways to Love your Brain
Start now. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits
Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body.
Break a sweat
Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body.
Hit the books
Formal education will help reduce risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Take a class at a local college, community centre or online.
Evidence shows smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.
Follow your heart
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health.
Brain injury can cause risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a safety belt and use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike.
Fuel up right
Eat a balanced diet that is higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
Catch some Zzz’s
Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnoea may result in problems with memory and thinking.
Take care of your mental health
Some studies link depression with cognitive decline, so seek treatment if. You have depression, anxiety or stress.
Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Find ways to be part of your local community.
Challenge your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Play games of strategy, like bridge.
10 Ways to love your brain
Start now. It's never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits
Ref: Alzheimer’s Association NZ