Brain Boosting from Below the Belt
Here’s a quick neuroscience tip for you to take into your week: movement not only helps our bodies, but also our brains, function better.
These days, there’s overwhelming evidence for exercise. For instance…
- Maybe you know that using your lower body to stand and walk 2 minutes every 20 minutes can help prevent or reduce fat accumulation around vital organs, fight fatigue and even decrease your diabetes risk.
- But do you also know that exercise can produce a special protein called brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF), often called “Miracle Gro for the brain,” that has been linked to better cognition, memory and other mental function?
- Or that physically active people tend to show less impaired cognitive function later in life?
But, just let’s be honest here…we really don’t need science to prove why we should move. We already know that we simply feel better when we stand up, walk, stretch and breathe.
Set up a few stand + stretch break reminders throughout the week, or just take one now… and give your brain a boost!