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Mental Exercise is a Brain Booster

Looking for a brain booster to improve your attention, problem-solving or memory? You have likely heard the phrase, “Use it or lose it!” in reference to your mental agility and memory. Let’s explore Alvero Fernandez’s second pillar of brain health:  Mental Exercise.

What kind of mental exercise are you including in your life, and how do you know if it is really effective mental exercise? Doing the same kind of mental problem-solving every day, like crossword puzzles, is less stimulating to the brain than learning something new. 

Fernandez notes, “‘Use it or lose it’ may be mis­lead­ing if we think that ‘It’ is just one thing. The brain is com­posed of many dif­fer­ent areas that focus on dif­fer­ent things. Doing a cross­word puz­zle only acti­vates a small part of the brain. The 3 key prin­ci­ples for good brain exer­cises are: nov­elty, vari­ety and con­stant chal­lenge. Not that dif­fer­ent from cross-training our bodies.”

Go to sharpbrains.com to read more of Fernandez’s “Brain Exercise and Brain Health FAQ’s” and explore the Teasers tab to enjoy some fun mental exercise. You could also take a class to learn ballroom dancing or origami. Whatever you choose, have fun with mental exercise as another brain booster!

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Do You Have Your Best Brain?

Do you care for your brain like it’s yours for life? The bad news is that since you were never provided an owner’s manual for your brain, you are probably making lifestyle choices that impair your brain’s performance, or worse, actually damage your brain! The good news is that because your brain is resilient, making healthier lifestyle choices can improve your brain’s health and performance.

Alvaro Fernandez, with www.SharpBrains.com, has identified four pillars of brain health. Let’s start with the pillar of Physical Exercise, which has a number of positive benefits for your brain including increasing oxygen flow which increases mental sharpness, increasing BDNF which supports the growth of brain cells, increasing the creation of blood vessels in the brain and … click here to learn more from Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules: 12 Rules for Surviving and Thriving at Work School and Home.

Oh, and thirty minutes of aerobic exercise just twice a week reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia by 50%!

I hope you can enjoy a walk today.

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Passions and Dreams!

In the past week over 60,000 people have taken Chris and Janet Attwood’s Passion Test profile
and watched the fr*ee video series based on their NY Times bestseller. If you haven’t yet done this quick passion assessment to see if you have a firm foundation for your success, you can still go to www.tinyurl.com/LivePassions

You can ask your questions on passion, purpose and prosperity to authors Chris and Janet Attwood today (6/15/10) LIVE on UStream video during their Passion Marathon from 11 AM to 8 PM Pacific Time at www.tinyurl.com/LivePassions3 . (For your local time conversion, go to http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc )

During their broadcast they will be joined by a number of their friends throughout the day, including:

- Marci Shimoff, author of “Happy for No Reason”
- John Assaraf, author of “The Answer”
- Lisa Nichols, author of “No Matter What”
- Vishen Lakhiani – co-founder of Mind Valley & FinerMinds
. . . and they indicated that there would also be some surprise special guests

I hope you are able to stop by sometime during this amazing broadcast. I will be there this evening.

There is another exciting learning opportunity I want to share with you. The first ever Virtual DreamU Camp, hosted by Marcia Wieder, America’s Dream Coach, and Dream University® is being held from June 21 – June 26. This FR*E global teleseminar event features 30 inspiring teachers of personal transformation (including Janet Attwood) over six days and will help you achieve any dream. You can listen to up to seven top transformational leaders a day speaking for 30 – 60 minutes, up close and personal on their hot topic. You can call in, listen, and get the support and inspiration you need to change your life. Whether your dream is to start your own business, get healthy, fall in love… in just one week, you’ll learn a lifetime of lessons. You can also find virtual campfires, Dream Coaching, and an international network of new friends.

Check out the line-up which includes Marcia Wieder, Janet Attwood, Dr. Bruce Lipton (The Biology of Belief), Mike Dooley (Thoughts Become Things), and 26 others at www.dreamucamp.com You may register with this same link.

Here’s to living your passions and dreams! ~Melanie

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