Welcome to the realm of Memory Improvement, where we delve into the fascinating world of cognition and memory in the context of sedentary lifestyles. In this chapter, we will explore the profound impact that sedentary lifestyles can have on our memory and cognitive functions. As we navigate through the various aspects of this subject, you’ll gain insights into how our daily habits, physical activity, and lifestyle choices play a crucial role in memory enhancement or deterioration. Join us on this journey as we uncover strategies and tips to boost memory while adapting to the challenges posed by sedentary living.
This point need not be belabored. The effects of physical exercise on our bodies are obvious, but an increasing number of brain studies demonstrate its benefits also on mental health. One distinct benefit is that vigorous exercise increases the amount of blood supply in the brain and improves the number and density of blood vessels in those areas that need them most. As Dr. John Ratey notes, particularly benefiting the motor cortex and cerebellum, these physiological changes enhance cognitive function. In simpler terms,
exercise or activity has a similar effect on the brain. The more we use it, the more we stress it, the better our circulation is, and the more fit that part of the brain becomes.
Scientists have long bemoaned the pathetic diets of the western world. We need to put things in perspective and adopt a global view of how diet affects overall health including mental health. A sound diet, based on the recommended servings of important foods, calorie intake and fewer foods that are likely to promote free radicals such as polyunsaturated fats, would give our brains that added mileage and thus enrich our lives more.
The ability to handle stress depends largely on a sound mind. Dr. Richard Restak who wrote Mysteries of the Mind (2000) for National Geographic encourages us to reduce our frustrations and problems by turning them into challenges. This way we diminish the risks for stress-associated brain damage, especially in the area of the hippocampus, where memories reside.