By Mary Kennedy
I think we all know by now that New Year's resolutions don't work, so why not try something different this year? Most resolutions have bitten the dust by February and over 80% of people rarely use their gym membership.
So here's another plan. Instead of "depriving yourself" by writing out unrealistic resolutions, why not treat yourself to a better brain in the coming year. It's easy and there's a lot of powerful science behind it.
A new study shows that you can boost cognitive ability and stave off dementia by following two easy steps. And best of all, you have it all at your fingertips, you don't need a fancy gym membership, a personal chef or a health spa.
Step one. The DASH DIET.
You've probably heard about the dash diet. Dash stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It's a wonderful eating plan, based on fresh veggies, fruits, fish, poultry, nuts and whole grains. It's easy and inexpensive to do and I think if you try it for a couple of weeks, you'll love it as much as I do. There are dozens of books written on it, and you can google it for a lot of free information. Say goodbye to sugar, fat, salt and processed food and your body will thank you.
Step two. Moderate exercise for 45 minutes 3 times a week.
What's considered moderate exercise? You don't have to go rock climbing or snowboarding. A 15 minute warm up followed by 30 minutes of walking or cycling will do the trick. You can walk outside like Alecks is doing. This shot was taken in Death Valley. She has the world at her fingertips!
Or you can cycle for your 30 minutes of exercise, after a warm up.
Follow these two steps to better brain functioning and you'll be happier and healthier in 2010. Need some recipes to get started? Here are some, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, enjoy!