Did you know that your ability to create and store memories is primarily dependent on one area of your brain? It's called your medial temporal lobe. An article published in the LA Times this month highlights researchers exploration of this critical brain function and we just had to stop and tell you about it!
We'll cut to the chase to spare you the suspense!
The study focused on healthy adults between 45-75 years of age and found when they spent 3-15 hours per day sitting down, they lost 2% of the thickness in our medial temporal lobe. This translates to a direct loss of brain cells in the area of our brain that is responsible for learning and memory.
So, this weeks motivation for you to move starts with one action: standing up. If you can stand up, do it.
Stand while you wait for a table at a restaurant. Hold or suggest a standing or walking meeting at work. Whenever you can, channel you're inner Gloria Estefan and "Get On Your Feet"!
If you have bone or joint problems or challenges with your posture; simply standing can be quite uncomfortable. This means it may take getting stronger and more mobile before you can stand for long periods and this is perfectly okay. One of the benefits from our exercise programs at Defy Aging, besides being fun and playful, is improvement to your mobility and posture.
Simply trying out our 3 week FASTSTART program can help you make big changes in very little time.
Always start where you are now. If you can stand, do. If you can't, do something to help support your ability to stand. Your brain will thank you!