Writer’s block? Daydreaming in the middle of prepping for a big presentation? Take a hike, go for a quick jog, or visit the weight room if time allows. Brief, strategically placed spurts of exercise increase energy and blood flow to the brain—think a (literal) mini “rush”—allowing you to return to your desk refreshed, and allowing your brain to work at peak performance.
In the long-term, getting regular physical activity—both cardio and strength training—is one of the best ways to keep your brain healthy. The more you keep the body, as well as the mind, engaged and active, the better both will work together, Finney says. Studies suggest regular exercise can improve cognition and improve risk factors for dementia. Current guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-intense aerobic activity each week, including muscle-building activity two days a week.
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