IF YOU DO ONE THING….
“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.