Monday, August 17, 2009

“Exercise boosts brain power”

The next time I’m tempted to skip exercising (because it’s too early, too late, too cold, too hot), I’m going to remember the above chart, from the website that supplements John Medina’s Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School (Seattle: Pear Press, 2008). Medina’s conclusion:

Active people have half the risk of Alzheimer’s of sedentary people. It’s even less for general dementia.
My conclusion: To sit and read and write, one must keep moving.

“Exercise boosts brain power” is the first rule of Brain Rules, and for me it’s the most valuable lesson in the book. Thanks, Professor Medina.

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