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6 Brain Health Habits from 6 Brain Health Experts

6 Pillars of Brain HealthAt, we emphasize six pillars of brain health: exercise, mental fitness, good nutrition, sleep and relaxation, social interaction, and control of other health risks. Get motivated to improve your brain health in 2017 by trying these personal tips from our brain health scientists and experts at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

1) Exercise: “Go early, get variety and include friends”

Brain health experts agree that people who exercise 3-5 times a week may lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Staying motivated to exercise regularly, however, can be a challenge.

Our Clinical Rehabilitation Manager, Jen Nash, PT, DPT, NCS, says she exercises daily, early in the morning, doing a variety of different exercises, and often with friends or in classes. “I love to exercise early in the morning because things don’t get in the way and it sets me up for a successful day.  After my workout, I feel awake, flexible, strong, and ready to give others my time.” As recommended by brain and heart health experts, Dr. Nash chooses to do a variety of types of exercises including swimming, cycling, strength training, and yoga.  “Exercising with friends holds me accountable for showing up and variety helps keeps me challenged. I exercise regularly because I want to stay healthy so I can live the best life possible every day that I am given!”

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