Take Your Brain on A Walk

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WE ARE NOT DESIGNED TO LIVE SEDENTARY LIFE 

Our early ancestors used to spend most of the day outdoors searching for food and providing for their clan. They were constantly on the lookout from other predators and the elements of nature. They used topography, sun, moon and stars to navigate through vast African steppe. It is estimated that an average male used to walk up to 20km/12miles each day and a woman half of this. During those long walks their brain was receiving billions of bits of information, it was constantly busy and alert and, as a result, it evolved into the most complex and amazing of all human organs.

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Human brain loves movement, it loves to soak in and process information from the outside world. Brain behaves very much like a muscle tissue – the more you stretch it, the stronger, better and healthier it becomes.

MOVEMENT AND REGULAR EXERCISE ARE ESSENTIAL FOR THE HEALTHY BRAIN.


During exercise blood flow increases, blood vessels stretch and penetrate deeper into the surrounding tissue creating new capillaries which bring oxygen and food supplies to body and brain cells while washing away the toxic waste produced by cell metabolism. Exercise improves cardiovascular fitness which in turn reduces the risk of diseases such as heart attack and stroke.

Research have shown that people who regularly exercise have better cognitive skills than those who have sedentary lifestyle, and this does not apply only to elderly people but to the young as well. Regular exercise can cut in half the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It also reduces depression and anxiety both in men and women. Even more, according to some research, people who regularly exercise appear to be smarter.

To keep brain healthy, you should go on half-hour walks every day, or practice some aerobic exercise for at least half an hour, two or three times a week. The more time and energy you put into physical exercise the better – your will feel stronger and healthier and your cognitive skills will improve.


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