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Fitness Swellness: Fit childhood linked to better brain function as an adult

junior high dance recital

What were your activities growing up? Soccer? Ballet? Tennis? I dabbled briefly in swimming and gymnastics, but mostly I took dance (jazz ballet and hip hop) and then later on did some cheerleading — all here, let’s cheer! (Feast your eyes on the #throwbackthursday gem above from a junior high dance recital — that’s me front and centre in the denim cutoffs over black tights).

A new study published in Psychological Medicine has found that people who exercise regularly as a kid and an adult have better cognitive functioning at age 50 (specifically for memory and executive functioning — the test for that involved naming as many animals as possible in 60 secs).

The greatest benefits come from intensive exercise (but lower intensity exercise does help, too).

Whatcha waitin’ for? Get your workout on. I’m gonna put on some Debbie Gibson and practice some of old choreographies (wouldja believe I actually still remember many of the steps!?).

Leave a Comment March 14, 2013

This is your brain on rosemary


The scent of Aveda’s Rosemary Mint Shampoo may make you smarter — OK, that’s totally my unscientific conclusion based on the following study findings (and I may only be looking for an excuse to splurge on a bottle of the stuff):

A study published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology found that the scent of this pine-y herb helps to boost cognitive performance thanks to a component called 1,8-cineole (which is also found in sage, eucalyptus and bay).

So  next time you need to cram for an exam, use this shampoo (or throw an herb-encrusted pork tenderloin in the oven — or both!).  You can thank me when you ace your test.

Leave a Comment February 28, 2012

Friends with benefits

No, not that kind of benefits.

Chatting with pals in a social, friendly way may help you become a better problem solver (by providing a boost to your executive functioning, that’s your cognitive functioning that encompasses your working memory and your ability to suppress distractions), says a study from Social Psychological and Personality Science. But conversations that are competitive in nature? No such benefits.

P.S. Did anyone else used to want to save up their allowance back in the day to buy one of these Best Friends Forever breakaway pendants??

2 Comments October 29, 2010

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