Countdown: Top 8 Brain Exercises – #3

This 8-part article series is a countdown of the Top 8 Brain Exercises that you can easily engage in every day for boosting your brain health and overall well-being.


The information shared in this series is inspired from the book How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist by Andrew Newberg M.D. & Mark Robert Waldman.

This next exercise is one some people have a real love-hate relationship with.

Can you guess what it is??

Ladies and gentlemen I give you…


Top Brain Exercise #3: Aerobic Exercise

According to co-authors Newberg and Waldman, forty minutes of cardio-vascular exercise every other day is enough to keep your brain healthy.

Vigorous exercise enhances neural performance. It is shown that generally, the more intense the exercise, the more beneficial to the brain. However, you will need to begin with a program that is tailored to where you are at in your current state and go from there.

In case you hate running, vigorous stretching, like yoga, will also work wonders for your brain and body.

Research has found yoga to be just as beneficial as exercise.

Yoga also has similar cognitive benefits to that of contemplative meditation practices.



Yoga, running, walking, swimming, and all other forms of exercise are going to benefit your brain health and neuroplasticity.

Here are a whole range of other brain and body benefits that vigorous exercises can have for you:

* lowered risk of cardiovascular disease
* help controlling the symptoms of diabetes
* reduced severity of menopause
* reduced chronic back pain
* migraine prevention
* improved psychological health
* boosts your immune system
* reduces anxiety
* can even be used to treat clinical depression (just as effective as antidepressants)
* helps rebuild damaged circuits caused by strokes or brain lesions
* improves cognition and academic performance
* protects against neurological damage caused by stress
* slows down loss of brain tissue due to aging
* protects you from Alzheimer’s disease
* reduces your vulnerability to chronic illness
* improves your mood

Phew! That’s a few good reasons to get your body moving, stretching, and breathing deeply!



Start singing “I like to move it, move it!”   ..and shake that thang!

Get your body moving every day with some vigor! Make it fun.

Choose an exercise that suits where you’re at whether it be running, walking, yoga, dancing, swimming, or the like and get that heart rate up.

Naturally, it’s important to speak with your health professional and make sure you’re engaging in an exercise routine that is right for you and grow from there.

You have nothing to lose but some weight and, as we’ve seen, you have a lot to gain!

Stay tuned… as the next article in this countdown series reveals Top Brain Exercise #2 ...and you are not going to believe what it is!


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