Get The NEWSS: Exercise Makes You Smarter
And If You're Smart, You'll Develop Strong Health Habits
I know two mature ladies, my grandmother and my mother-in-law, who (at the ages of 94 and 86, respectively) are pretty smart. Granny has all her marbles, and though she struggles for a word now and then (who doesn't?), still carries on quite an intelligent conversation. And Mom is the master of computer games like Free Cell... says it keeps her mind sharp.
Both grew up on farms, worked hard, and were forced by their lives to get plenty of exercise. Coincidence? I doubt it.
According to July's edition of the "Journal of Applied Physiology," exercise plays a crucial role in keeping you smart throughout life. The researchers reviewed 111 recent articles and found that aerobic exercise helps kids get a headstart on their cognitive abilities during childhood. When kids don't exercise, the Journal found an association with sub-par academic performance and poorer results on standard neuropsychological tests... exercise programs, in contrast, appeared to improve memory, attention span, and decision-making ability.
The good effects don't stop at childhood, though. The Journal reported the effects extend to young and elderly adults, and researchers found solid evidence for aerobic training benefiting the functions of your average executive (or Free Cell player) including multi-tasking, planning, and increasing the volume of the brain structures that you need for memory.
The Journal pointed out the importance of both aerobic exercise and strength training. Also in July, the "Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism" reported that high muscle mass relative to your body size (the product of a strength training program) is closely linked to superior insulin senstivity and therefore a lower risk of developing pre-diabetes or full Type II diabetes.
Bottom line: you need to exercise. Whether you own your own business, work for someone else, or are a gentleman or lady of leisure, if you want to keep your marbles rolling around in your head, you need to develop the habit of hitting the gym.
Exercise is one of the five key daily health habits I call "The NEWSS." You need to attend to your Nutrition, too, starting by cutting out the processed "garbage food" too prevalent in our society. Exercise at least three days a week - six is better - and alternate aerobic workouts with strength training. Drink your two liters of Water every day, and get your eight hours of Sleep each night. And make sure you take at least one good multi-nutrient Supplement to give your body what it otherwise can't get.
Be smart enough to get The NEWSS... and you'll stay smart enough to take care of business, whatever your business is.