Move your body.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
– Jim Rohn.
“The secret is to keep moving your bones”. For this 90 year-old man (who looked and talked like he was 60) we talked to in a Madrid street it’s pretty clear: the secret to keeping young at an old age is to be physically active. He might or might not be aware about the wealth of research that backs his words, but then again he doesn’t need it, he’s got himself for solid evidence!
So if this week you want to do something good for your mood and your energy levels, make sure to break a good sweat!
WHY IS IT GOOD?
In her high-energy TED Talk, Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki explains how our brain benefits from exercise. In brief: at least 30 minutes of aerobics/cardio exercise 3 or 4 times a week will put you in a better mood, improve your focus and memory, give you a dose of several neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline, and the cherry on the cake: it will protect your brain from neurodegenerative diseases like alzheimer’s and dementia.
Unless it’s your thing, you don’t have to join a gym and book a personal trainer to look like Arnie in the 70s. You can squeeze that half-hour pant in some of your daily routines:
Go to a meeting room where you won’t be disturbed and shimmy shake all you got to this Bollywood Aerobics before lunchtime.
Get off the bus or tube earlier and power walk for 30 minutes on your way to work… or on the way back home should you not feel like power walking towards your loving boss.
Treat yourself to a private dance routine Risky Business’ style. If you keep it up for 30 minutes you’ll understand why the Rolling Stones are still kicking and full of energy (blood transfusions apart).
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