Yesterday we talked about how your brain literally shrinks if you live the life of a couch potato. Use it or lose it is very real.
Going for 10.000 steps a day will make a big difference!
Want to make an even bigger difference? Not just make sure you don’t lose brain cells but actually grown new ones? Yes, MAKE new brain cells. It is called Neurogenesis and it is possible at any age!
Or make sure you connect them, called neuroplasticity. How? Fertilizer. Just like a good gardener. You get good soil (see all the other tips, that is making the right kind of soil for a healthy body and brain), plant the seeds and then fertilize. How? Go hard!
With that I mean not going for a walk during which you can chat with a friend but powerwalk, run, cycle fast, skip rope at home or just dance like crazy with your kids until you are out of breath. Do that 3x a week for 20 minutes and your teenagers will refuse to know you – if you went for the dance like crazy version – or think you are the best thing since sliced bread – if they are 3 or 5.
But that is how you make your own fertilizer. The fancy word is Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, BDNF. High intensity exercise creates it. Google it and then make some.