For men over 40s, it’s not just the body we need to work on to maintain and improve. We also need to take care of our minds as well. And now that you’re a true adult, your brain is working better than ever. Still, you are probably working harder, and so here are so tips to giving your brain a break to improve brain power.
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN WALKS AND BRAIN POWER
YOUR BRAIN IS HIGHLY SENSITIVE TO BLOOD SUPPLY
If you work in an office for long stretches of time, it’s likely you can sit for hours in your chair without moving much while you focus on getting things done. That’s great for your daily schedule but not so much for your brain. Sitting still for a long time tends to slow the circulation of blood not only on your lower legs but can also affect the brain’s blood supply.
Brain cells burn through oxygen and nutrients at a high rate, and there are past studies suggesting that even momentary dips in the blood flow to the brain can have an immediate impact. Just a brief drop in brain blood supply can result in memory lapses and clouded thinking.
This blood supply to the brain is highly dependent on the arteries that carry blood to our head. If you want to improve your mind, then you have to make sure that your blood supply is up to the task. But you work out at the gym or run or do other exercise and so lack of blood flow is the same as those who have been sitting on the playstations since they were five years old.
SITTING FOR TOO LONG AFFECTS BLOOD FLOW
Sitting for around four hours at a time can lead to a drop in blood flow to the brain, especially when compared to people who get up every half an hour or so to move around for a bit. It’s a small but measurable decline that can have an impact on brain performance, according to the study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
The study also showed that having frequent breaks, especially if it involves a bit of walking, has an effect in preventing the drop in brain blood flow that results from sitting in a chair for far too long.
If you’re in the type of work that requires you to make full use of your brain, you need it to be running in peak condition. To keep the flow of oxygen and blood sugar to the brain at its best, you need to make sure to keep your circulation going at regular intervals.
MAKE A SHORT WALKING BREAK A HABIT
When you stay seated for hours, the blood vessels in your lower body and the legs can slacken, and blood flow can decline for a bit, enough to affect the supply to the brain. Especially for older men whose arteries may not be as flexible, it’s imperative for them to get up and get the blood flowing every now and then.
Make it a habit to get up from your desk every half an hour and do a bit of walking or some stretches when possible. Improve your brain by working on your circulation, and keep your mind at its peak condition.