10 Ways to Love Your Brain
May 22, 2019
Alzheimer’s Association has compiled 10 ways to reduce your risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. Combining these habits can lead you to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body.
Break a Sweat
Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates heart rate and increases blood flow. Studies have found that physical activity reduces risk of cognitive decline.
Hit the Books
Formal education will help reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Take a class at a local college, community center or online.
Smoking increases the risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce risk levels comparable to those who have not smoked.
Follow Your Heart
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health.
Brain injury can raise risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt and use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike.
Fuel Up Right
Eat a balanced diet that is higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
Catch Some Zzz’s
Not getting enough sleep may result in problems with memory and thinking.
Take Care Of Your Mental Health
Some studies link depression with cognitive decline, so seek treatment if you have depression, anxiety or stress.
Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Find ways to be part of your local community or share activities with friends and family.
Challenge your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Play games of strategy, like bridge.
Learn more about these 10 methods for healthier brain habits at alz.org/10ways.