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How taking a different route to work can reduce dementia risk

Do you like routine and the certainty of doing things in a similar way every day?

I know I have fallen into these, especially in the busier times of my life, when I just crave simplicity…

But research has shown that by bringing more variety into our daily life, we can help

  • prevent / slow down dementia;
  • reduce brainfog;
  • give us a broader perspective;
  • improve our problem solving skills;
  • live more mindfully, thus reducing stress levels.

So how can doing things differently every day reduce the risk of dementia and promote brain resilience?

1. Neuroplasticity: The Brain’s Remarkable Adaptability

At the heart of our cognitive defenses lies the concept of neuroplasticity – the brain’s remarkable ability to reorganize and form new neural connections in response to experience. By exposing our brains to diverse stimuli and activities, we can harness the power of neuroplasticity to strengthen our cognitive reserves and ward off the onset of dementia.

2. Breaking Routine: A Brain Booster

Routine, while comforting, can also be the enemy of brain health. Engaging in the same activities day in and day out fails to challenge our cognitive faculties and can lead to stagnation. By intentionally shaking up our routines and trying new things, we compel our brains to adapt and grow, fostering resilience against cognitive decline.

3. Novel Experiences: Food for the Brain

Novel experiences serve as nourishment for the brain, fueling curiosity, learning, and growth. Whether it’s exploring a new hobby, trying a new online course,or simply taking a different route on your daily walk, each new experience stimulates neural activity and promotes brain health.

How Can We Bring This Into How We Exercise?

Maybe you’ve only ever seen yourself as a ‘Pilates person’ – why not try some dance fitness, or a strength workout?

Perhaps you’ve only ever seen yourself as an ‘in venue’ participant… why not have a go at an online workout? You might be surprised how much community you still feel, and you may enjoy the flexibility of exercising from home more than you think!

By daring to do things differently every day, we empower our brains to adapt, grow, and thrive – helping reduce midlife brain fog, lowering the risk of dementia and preserving mental agility for years to come.

Why not drop me a line and let me know how you’re shaking up your routine this week?

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