Guys, here's why training your brain is REALLY important
What's the most powerful muscle in your body? Your mind. We're not saying you need to stop perfecting your pecs or going for bigger guns, but it's all about balance. Working out your brain as well as your body ensures you're happy and focused - nobody likes a meathead! Here are just a few reasons why training your brain is so important - and ways to do it.
Education could cut your risk of Alzheimer's
Studies have revealed that education can help reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's Disease as you age (1). Ok, so you don't need to grab your text books and study for a Masters, but keeping your brain active on a daily basis can reduce your risk of degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Dementia, and ensure your brain stays healthy for longer. Doing puzzles (we love Sudoku), reading or learning a new language are all excellent ways to keep your brain active!
Creative thinking can improve brain function
Rather than sitting at your desk and plodding your way through the 9 to 5 working day, try being creative and thinking outside the box. This can not only help you to stand out from the crowd - great if you're trying to get a new job, it could also improve your brain function. A study published in the NeuroImage journal revealed that creative types perform better in tests of working memory - learning to think in a different way can improve your overall brain function. Creative pursuits such as writing, drawing or even playing an instrument could help you to unleash your creativity.
Smart is sexy!
The men who are most successful with women are those who are sexy AND smart! Yes, a six-pack helps boost your attractiveness, there's no denying it, but what women really want is a good sense of humour. A study from Northumbria University revealed that women equate a good sense of humour with intelligence - and that they have evolved to find intelligent men more attractive. Why? Well, it's thought that men with a higher IQ will be better providers!
Mindfulness can boost your energy levels
If you're busy thinking that meditation is for hippies, then let us stop you right there! It's not all about chanting and spiritual awareness, whether you decide to add meditation to your yoga practice or stick to meditation in itself. It can help you to feel calmer, less stressed and more focused. A study published in the Consciousness and Cognition journal showed that just four sessions of mindfulness meditation could increase your short term memory and reduce feelings of tiredness. Even one minute of meditation a few times a day can help!
Healthy mind, healthy body
Wellness starts from within; and we're not just talking about eating a healthy diet. If you're depressed, anxious or worn out, how do you expect your body to cope? Your mental health affects your physical health, and by training your brain to cope with stressful situations - by meditating, getting an early night and having a creative outlet - you're more likely to feel healthier, which means smashing those fitness goals should be easier!
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