Striving to boost your 1-rep max is great, but sharpening your mind is something that deserves as much, if not more, of your attention. Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., the seventeenth surgeon general of the United States and author of 30 Days to a Better Brain, knows what it takes to expand the capacity of your mind and maintain it for years to come. Integrating these 10 tips will not only boost brain power, but will improve your complete health profile by way of stress management, diet, and exercise.
“By stimulating your brain just like you stimulate your biceps, triceps, and quads, you continue to send messages to your brain to stay young and maintain those neural networks,” says Carmona. “If you don’t use those, your mind will atrophy just like your biceps would, which means your ability to think is going to diminish as well.”