What are some of the baby steps we can all take to increase our brain health? I have told you that simple exercise and exposing yourself to new things (enriched environment) will improve your brain health in numerous ways. However, too many of us balk at implanting either of these because we do not think we have the time and energy to make the big commitment required to get results.
We get stuck into the thinking that big changes both in size and volume are required to produce meaningful changes. But you need to consider that anything is better than nothing. The research out there supports this idea that small steps can make a difference.
Sure it is most likely that 45 minutes of day of aerobic exercise might be the optimum level of exercise (at least most bang for the buck) but other research shows benefits with just 12 minutes a day of exercise. 12 measly minutes – we all have that to spare. Take a slightly longer walk to the bus, from the bus, go up and down several flights of stairs. I have personally found that stair walking is a very simple and efficient way of building fitness. Don’t take the elevator – walk the stairs.
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The next trick is to put in a few extra trip up a set of stairs that are not required in your day to day life – do it for the sheer fun of it (plus the health benefits). I have seen so many people at university where I work punch the elevator button to go up one floor – yes one floor. All ages including 18-22 year old undergraduates. It takes them longer to get where they are going by the time the slow elevators transport them than if they just went up the stairs which are ten steps away from the elevator. Therefore, don’t worry about going to the optimal level just start with something.
Here are a few links regarding stair climbing workout and benefits.