What you can do to keep your brain healthy

[Music] What can you do to keep your brain healthy? We all know high cholesterol isn't good for our body, along with high blood pressure and being overweight But what you might not know, is that not only can these health concerns shorten the life of your body, they can affect your brain function

The more scientists study our brains the more they're finding that how well it works is intricately tied to the health of our body For example, just 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five times a week can keep your brain sharp Because physical exercise not only helps your heart it can increase the size of your hippocampus a part of the brain crucial to making memories But that's not all Physical exercise generates a chemical called BDNF, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which acts like fertiliser for the brain, encouraging the growth of neural connections and new brain cells So, obviously staying active is important but not just physically active we need to keep socially active as well

Especially as you get older Because there's growing evidence to suggest that people who can avoid getting lonely reduce their risk of cognitive decline, something we all agree is a good thing [Music] But there's one last thing you need todo to keep your brain healthy, keep it active So, in no particular order here are three top ways to keep your brain stimulated Number one: Challenge yourself The satisfaction you get from doing things slightly beyond your comfort zone actually changes your brain chemistry making you feel more positive

Number two: Change yourself Novelty helps your brain so it's good to experience new things take on new situations and meet new people And, number three: Learn something new This encourages the growth of new brain cells and stimulates the connections between them, which has its own benefits Because stronger brain connections also help keep your brain healthy So don't let age stop you from doing the things you love Think young

Because if you look after your brain now keeping it active and engaged it will make you proud for years to come [Music]