In Pandemic, People Are Turning to Nature, Especially Women – Neurosciencenews.com, December 16, 2020
People report spending more time relaxing and enjoying nature as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Women, especially, report spending more time outdoors during the pandemic.
A Top Neurosurgeon Reveals His Simple Tips for Protecting Your Brain as You Age – Prevention, January 5, 2021
Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains what we need to do to stay sharp. His favorite tips: (1) Think of inactivity as a disease; (2) Always be prepared to train; (3) Take a brisk walk with a friend and talk about your problems (a brain trifecta); (4) Fuel yourself right for better focus (i.e., control your blood sugar); (5) Eat real foods, not individual nutrients or supplements; (6) Drink instead of eat; (7) Make time for your friends; (8) Try the bubble method; and (9) For lasting brain health, maintain ikigai (a sense of purpose). The bottom line: Lifestyle changes can significantly improve brain health and even reverse brain disease.
The 48 Mountains That Held My Grief– New York Times, December 28, 2020
A deeply moving account of the redemptive power of nature (and hiking in it). A mother, wife and high school English teacher explains why and how she turned to hiking after her son died by suicide. In the process of doing so, she found herself: broken, but braver.
For an Exercise ‘Snack,’ Try the New Standing 7-Minute Workout– New York Times, January 4, 2021
During pandemic lockdowns, many of us learned the importance of short home workouts. Try the 7-Day Well Challenge for a new exercise video and more ways to keep moving in 2021.
A Striking Stat
Want to keep your New Year’s resolution? Then don’t force it too much. A recent study showed that inactive people start moving more if they receive daily step targets that exceed their usual number of steps—but only up to a point. Making incremental changes is more manageable: Consider walking just 500 more (or 10% more) steps per day.