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5 Fun Ways to Help Your Brain (Giveaway!)

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Exercise.

In addition to boosting endorphins and making you happier, working out may make you smarter. Physical exercise promotes neurogenesis — a process that builds networks in your brain. Exercise can strengthen “executive” cognition — or help the brain to plan, reason and perform other higher-order functions. There is also evidence that exercising may protect against Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and spinal cord injury.

Get intimate!

If going to the gym or hiking outside doesn’t get you excited, fear not. Staying in bed and having sex can produce some of the same effects. According to a study by Leuner, Glasper, and Gould, published on PLoS ONE, sexual activity also promotes neurogenesis — and, as an added benefit reduces stress and anxiety!

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.

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5:39AM PDT on May 27, 2014

interesting thank you

9:50PM PDT on May 21, 2014

Hmmm, just read an articel about red wine not being so good for our health as previously believed and this article recommends it.

1:36PM PST on Jan 8, 2014

I certainly will eat guac and play games like Puzzler World!

7:54PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Thank You :)

5:39PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

i've got it! - have wine & guac while playing a dirty game which leads to intimacy, which can kind of be counted as exercise! all bases covered :)

4:59PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

all hail guac!

4:52PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

That was most interesting.

12:53PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

No time like NOW!

5:40PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Missed my chance at the book. Hope you enjoy it, Mary Ann D.

8:09PM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

I'll try to follow all of the advices, especially for the love&sex one! ;)
Thank you very much for this article! :)

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