Not too long ago I became a grandmother. Once I entered my 40’s I began noticing the tell-tale signs of the aging process: gray hairs, bones susceptible to fracturing, weak muscles, and yes, forgetfulness. While I know I need exercise for my continued physical health, can it improve my memory?
Learning New Things
I have often heard that one who continues to learn new things is able to improve her memory. My precious 89-year-old aunt has been a vivid role model for me of the relationship of trying new things to keeping the brain sharp. She reads WordPress blogs, posts on Facebook, and downloads e-books to her e-reader. She certainly is not afraid to try new things in our high-tech world.
Benefits of Exercise
Recently, a friend challenged me to do the 100-day Burpee Challenge. Knowing that my body is out of shape, I decided to go ahead and take the challenge and have successfully completed the first week. I’m already noticing a difference in my cardiovascular health and strength. Today, I even taught a neighbor how to do the beginner version (which is great for someone unable to complete a normal Burpee because of a health condition or some other reason).
Today I read two articles on how physical exercise can create new brain cells, help you learn faster, and remember more! Some of the studies were done with sedentary people who began a 3-day a week walking regime. So, hopefully my daily Burpee routine will not only help my bones, muscles, lungs, and heart, but also improve my memory!