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Keep your most important muscle – your brain – limber

Published 5:19pm Thursday, July 25, 2013

Workout:

Exercise produces neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that helps neurons (nerve cells) survive and encourages new neuron growth. One study at the University of British Columbia found that after weight training, individuals with mild cognitive impairment improved their associative memory, or the ability to recall memory.

Become more social:

The brain actually grows-even in old age-in response to physical contact like hugs and caresses.

Never stop learning:

Start a hobby like sewing, bird watching, bike riding or painting. Even start to learn a musical instrument. Remember, like unused muscles that atrophy, our brains need cosideration to stay agile, so make sure you’re always problem solving and using your memory.

Exercise or diet question? Email me at dwcrocker77@gmail.com or visit fitness4yourlife.org. David Crocker of Landrum has been a nutritionist and master personal trainer for 26 years. He worked as strength director for the Spartanburg Y.M.C.A., head strength coach for the USC-Spartanburg baseball team, S.C. state champion girl’s gymnastic team and the Converse college equestrian team.

He served as a water safety consultant to the United States Marine Corps., lead trainer to L.H. Fields modeling agency, and taught fours semesters at USC-Union. David was also a regular guest of the Pam Stone radio show.  

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