Cognitive Conditioning

There are two types of brain connectivity.  The first is brain reserve, which is generated starting around 42 days of age. The second is cognitive reserve, which is a measure of the connectivity we develop throughout life or in other words, the integrity of our brain. We have no influence over the former at this point, but we do have control over the latter and can do things to expand it, even later in life.  It's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!

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Cerebral Cardio (Exercise and Brain Health)

One of the most pertinent relationships between exercise and brain health has to do with blood flow.  Anything that reduces blood flow throughout the body (such as reduced pliability of arteries, arterial plaques, high cholesterol, and long periods of inactivity) also reduces cognitive function because, well, less blood flow to your brain.  Reduced blood flow especially impacts the medial temporal lobe of the brain, which governs short-term memory.  It’s no coincidence then that this is often the first noticeable symptom of cognitive decline.

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