Why we need to exercise … and don’t need a lot of those other products on
I am so tired of television, magazine, and catalog ads selling brain improvement products — to seniors as well as to people my age. They are starting to arrive regularly in my mailbox, and TV is an ad wasteland. The sales pitches and advertisements are tiresome, taking advantage of the fear older people have about aging and getting sick. But the ads are also targeted at people in my demographic group (later middle age) as we help our aging parents while simultaneously pondering the ways we can avoid as many of their medical problems as possible.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy crossword puzzles, have fun with Sudoku, and listen aptly to the New York Times’ CrossWord Puzzle editor Will Shortz each Sunday morning on National Public Radio’s Sunday Puzzlemaker segment. Such puzzles and games give me immense pleasure and keep my mind working hard. However this type of activity is only one small piece of the brain health puzzle (no pun intended).
Exercise is perhaps the most significant puzzle piece (Mayo Clinic). Most physicians and researchers agree that exercise benefits the body. When a body moves, the brain is a happier and more productive organ. That happier brain helps us stay healthier, age more gently, and continue to be enthusiastic and efficient lifelong learners. Continue reading