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“Eat­ing well is vi­tal for good cog­ni­tive func­tion, but if I had to sin­gle out one thing you should be do­ing to keep your brain healthy it would be to in­crease your phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity,” says Ngaire. “Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise helps to keep the blood flow­ing to your brain so it can be sup­plied with the nu­tri­ents it needs. It also helps to form new con­nec­tions in your brain if things start to go awry.” The latest re­search agrees. Ex­er­cis­ing for just one hour three times a week could have a big im­pact on your think­ing skills, your abil­ity to plan, or­gan­ise and carry out tasks, ac­cord­ing to US re­searchers. A fur­ther study sug­gests that if you need to re­mem­ber some­thing im­por­tant, you should do five min­utes of light ex­er­cise after­wards to help it lodge in your grey mat­ter. And if you re­ally want a boost, take up danc­ing. A small US study found that tak­ing dance classes could help to in­crease brain con­nec­tions and im­prove your abil­ity to form new mem­o­ries.

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