On August 6th, our amazing friends at FORME Atlanta have offered to help Walk Team Berty & Ernie raise money for a cause that is incredibly close to our hearts, the Atlanta Walk to End Alzheimer’s! This year’s Walk will be held on the grounds of Kennesaw State University, September 24th at 8am.
Not only is exercise — like those famous strengthening, lengthening and toning classes at FORME — good for your body, but it also helps keep your brain healthy. Your brain is the control center of your body — and just like your other vital organs, heart, lungs, and kidneys, it deserves to be a priority when it comes to your health. Originally published by The Alzheimer’s Association, June 3 2015, here are ten ways to help you love your brain, and possibly even reduce your risk of cognitive decline.
15% of sales from classes on August 6th will go to Team Berty & Ernie’s efforts to end Alzheimer’s. Please be sure to register for classes that morning!
10 Ways to Love Your Brain
Break a sweat.
Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.
Hit the books.
Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.
Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.
Follow your heart.
Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health. Take care of your heart, and your brain just might follow.
Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.
Fuel up right.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Although research on diet and cognitive function is limited, certain diets, including Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction.
Catch some Zzz’s.
Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.
Take care of your mental health.
Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.
Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community – if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an afterschool program. Or, just share activities with friends and family.
Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.
Alzheimer’s is the only one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States that doesn’t currently have a cure. When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community.
Start a team or donate to an existing team or participant today! http://www.alz.org/walk
Team “Berty & Ernie” is a Walk team comprised of friends and family members with loved ones who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This is our sixth year working with Walk, and our second as members of the Walk Planning Committee. We work with our communities to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s, early onset Alzheimer’s, and other forms of dementia. In six short years, we have raised over $30,000 for the cause, all thanks to our amazing family and friends who have been loyal Team B&E supporters since the very beginning. Thank you in advance for your time and generosity. See you at the studio! (Click the schedule button on our menu and head to August 6th to book your class!)