Ten Suggestions for Brain-friendly New Year ’s Resolutions

—– You are enjoying the shopping and holiday season. Great! Now it’s time to start shifting gears and focus on the year ahead… Let’s review some good lifestyle options we can all follow to maintain, and improve, our sharp brains. Perhaps they will inspire some New Year’s Resolutions to help make 2017 a year of Brain Health! 1. Thrive on Learning. The point of having a brain is to learn and to adapt to challenging new environments. Once new neurons appear in your brain, where they migrate and how long they survive depends on how you use them. “Use It or Lose It” does not mean “do crossword puzzle number 1,234,567.” It means, “challenge your brain, and often, with novel activities”… for example, here you have quite a collection of brain teasers and games for adults of every age. 2. Remember that the brain is part of the body. Things that exercise your body can also help sharpen your brain: physical exercise enhances neurogenesis, at any age! 3. Learn more about the “It” in “Use It or Lose It.” A basic understanding will serve you well to appreciate your brain’s beauty as a living and constantly-developing dense forest with billions of neurons and synapses. 4. Take care of your nutrition. Did you know that the brain only weighs 2% of body mass but consumes over 20% of the oxygen and nutrients we intake? As a general rule, you don’t need expensive ultra-sophist...
Source: SharpBrains - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain-friendly Brain-health Neurogenesis New Year's Resolutions Source Type: blogs

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