What could be one of the best ways to keep your brain sharp? It ain’t crosswords…

What's the best way to keep your brain sharp?

When most of us think about keeping our brains flexible and powerful, most of us probably think of things like brainteasers...


Gimme that seed! GIF via DailyPicksandFlicks/YouTube.

...or jigsaw puzzles...


Behold! The most satisfying video on the internet. GIF via OskarPuzzle/YouTube.

...or crosswords.

Oh my God, they're doing it in pen. Hard. Core.

And brain challenges can help, although not every puzzle is created equal (some studies suggest that doing a bunch of crosswords might just make you better at crosswords, for example).

But maybe we need some of THIS added to the mix:

Don't bother him, he's exercising his brain.

Exercise won't just make you swole, a new study shows it also keeps your brain young.

As we get older, our brains tend to slow down a bit, but a study published in Neurology showed that exercise keeps our brains quick, sharp, and powerful.

The study followed about 900 older people over the course of many years. The researchers judged how much exercise the people were getting, then over the course of more than a decade, they judged their mental capabilities using memory and logic tests. They even used MRIs.

At the end, the study showed people who intensely exercised had brains that looked 10 years younger than their peers.

Those people were both quicker at figuring things out and had better memories. The researchers note that it wasn't just any exercise — the benefit came for the people who got regular moderate to intense exercise, like running or aerobics.

The researchers did caution that they can't draw a direct 1:1 relationship between exercise and brain aging, but exercise carries a lot of other benefits that might come around to helping our brains anyway. Exercise can help fight off hypertension (which can affect our brains) and decrease stress (which is a good thing all around). Some studies have even suggested exercise can make your brain bigger by volume!

Go for the gold!

Brain training.

So the next time you think about staying sharp, it might be time to put down the crossword puzzle and break out those running shoes.

More
via James Anderson

Two years ago, a tweet featuring the invoice for a fixed boiler went viral because the customer, a 91-year-old woman with leukemia, received the services for free.

"No charge for this lady under any circumstances," the invoice read. "We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."

The repair was done by James Anderson, 52, a father-of-five from Burnley, England. "James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing," the woman's daughter told CNN.

Keep Reading Show less
Heroes

I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

Keep Reading Show less
LUSH

Handmade cosmetics company Lush is putting its money where its mouth is and taking a bold step for climate change action.

On September 20 in the U.S. and September 27 in Canada, Lush will shut the doors of its 250 shops, e-commerce sites, manufacturing facilities, and headquarters for a day, in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike taking place around the world. Lush is encouraging its 5000+ employees "to join this critical movement and take a stand until global leaders are forced to face the climate crisis and enact change."

Keep Reading Show less
Planet
Photo by Annie Bolin on Unsplash

Recent tragic mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton have sparked a lot of conversation and action on the state level over the issue of gun control. But none may be as encouraging as the most recent one, in which 145 CEOs signed a letter urging the U.S. Senate to take action at their level.

Keep Reading Show less
popular