1. Exercise increases oxygen flow into the brain, which reduces brain-bound free radicals. One of the most interesting findings of the past few decades is that an increase in oxygen is always accompanied by an uptick in mental sharpness2. Exercise acts directly on the molecular machinery of the brain itself. It increases neurons’ creation, survival, and resistance to damage and stress.
- Start with a low impact cardio workout like walking. You can do this outside or on the treadmill. Try to walk for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Become a runner. Here’s an 8 week running plan that can take you from being sedentary to running a 5k.
- Try a Triathalon….on the exercise machines! If your gym has a bike, an elliptical, and a treadmill, do 10 minutes on each machine for a 30 minute aerobic workout.
- Try a HIIT workout. Shorter intervals of high intensity work also build up your aerobic capacity, and can burn more calories over a longer period of time.
Whichever method you choose, the point is to do something to break a sweat and get you breathing a little harder than normal. Not only will you build up your body, but you’ll be boosting your brain power.