Combining physical exercise with video games can help boost motivation when it comes to getting enough physical activity, but “exergaming” isn’t just for kids—it may benefit adults, too. In a recent small study, older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who played exergames—video games that double as exercise—experienced improvements when
Everyone experiences stress differently. What one person considers a catastrophic problem, another might see as an invigorating challenge. One thing we all have in common: the marks that chronic stress leave behind on our bodies and minds. From shrinking brains to inflamed arteries in the heart, stress can leave a
Shake Your Groove Thing in Gyms, Studios, and Ballrooms
Dancing is primal. Turn on some rhythmic music with babies in the room and the fun begins. Thanks to competitive TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, more adults have gotten into the groove, too. From fitness dance like Zumba to more
It is breathtaking to consider that you have the power to change your brain using the power of neuroplasticity—you can physically alter your brain’s structure and drastically change how it functions.
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Crucifers May Help Prevent Clogged Arteries
Reduce your risk of atherosclerosis by increasing your intake of vegetables, and of crucifers in particular—vegetables that contain phytochemicals and other nutrients and protect cells from damage that could lead to cancer. Atherosclerosis is a thickening of the arteries caused by plaque buildup. Reported in
The human brain is a truly remarkable and highly complex organ. Neurons are the brain cells that carry messages throughout the brain, nervous system, and body. It’s estimated that healthy adults have around 100 billion neurons, each connecting to 10,000 other neurons—an impressive network indeed!
Brain atrophy “is a common feature
A healthy brain is an adaptable brain—one that can respond to new information and circumstances, withstand the harmful effects of injury, disease, and stress, and repair itself following damage to, or loss of, brain cells and/or their connections. This capacity, called neuroplasticity, is essential to staying sharp in older age.
If you stopped taking piano lessons when you were a teenager, there may be some major health benefits to start tickling the ivories again. Or playing the violin. Or strumming a banjo. Or playing any musical instrument you choose. Research suggests that playing an instrument is associated with a lower
If you want your mind to remain young and agile well into old age, here’s a foolproof formula: Do anything and everything you can every day to keep your brain cells active.
Research suggests that regularly putting the brain’s neurons through their paces helps promote neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to
Scientists have long tried to understand what causes an individual’s response to injury or disease to evolve from acute pain, which is an immediate response to a hurt, to chronic pain that continues for months or years after apparent recovery. Several recent studies suggest that chronic pain may come to