20% of people who make New Year’s resolutions break them by the end of the first week of January. 40% break their resolutions by the end of the month. Does this sound familiar?
Those who resolve to exercise have different reasons for hitting the gym. Maybe you just want to drop 20 pounds for your summer vacation. Maybe you want to run a half marathon. Maybe your doctor said something bad could happen if you don’t get serious about losing weight.
We all know the obvious physical benefits of finding the time to exercise – especially as we get older – from having more energy to reducing the risk of chronic health issues and physical breakdowns. But did you realize exercise can be as good for the brain as it is for your muscles?
According to a study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, exercising regularly as you age protects against brain shrinkage.
Yes, your brain shrinks as you age. And yes, physical exercise can protect against it.
The study found that after three years, people who exercised regularly – from walking a few times a week to heavy exercise and sports participation – experienced less brain shrinkage than those whose only activity was doing basic chores.
In fact, the study shows that physical exercise can be more beneficial to your brain than mental stimulation, at least when it comes to brain shrinkage.
As we get older, we all talk about “losing it.” Sometimes we’re serious. Sometimes we’re not. But if we’re really worried about losing it, shouldn’t we be making time to do what’s necessary to hold onto it?
On my website, I define Time Well Spent as doing the things you love with people you love. Making time to exercise enables us to do these things better and longer – mentally and physically. I can’t think of any better motivation or inspiration than that.
If you’re struggling to find the time to exercise, let’s talk about how I can provide you with the hours you need each week to take better care of yourself.