Using the Summer to Boost Body and Brain Health

The brain is a part of the body and is affected by simply taking better care of our overall health. What better time than summer to engage in activities that boost booth physical and brain fitness, with benefits that can help you all year long.

Here are some things to consider to boost your overall fitness this summer, and positively affect your brain fitness as well:

Exercise—Physical activity increases blood flow and the release of serotonin into the bloodstream. More importantly, exercise promotes neurogenesis—the creation of new neurons. You might want to combine lots of team sports with an Optiminds brain training program to maximize neuron growth.

Drink water—They say approximately 60 percent of our body weight is water. It makes sense that consuming water is essential to keeping our bodies functioning well. And the brain is no exception. Keep all your tissues hydrated by drinking at least 64 fluid oz. of water per day.

Take a class—Acquiring a skill is different from learning in a classroom and uses different parts of our cognition. Take an art class, guitar lessons, or learn to play a new sport to give your brain a chance to stretch in a new direction.

Read a book—A great way to train your own brain is to read a book on a subject you are not familiar with. Your brain will get used to the subject matter and the author’s style, and by the end of the book you’ll find it’s easier to read than it was at the beginning.

Go outside—One of the best things about summer is that you can spend more time outside. Sunlight generates vitamin D which both the body and the brain require to work at their best.

Get a partner—Performing any exercise or healthy endeavor is always more fun and easier to stick with when accompanied by a partner, a coach, a trainer, or a friend.

Call Optiminds—Summer is a great time to take advantage of an Optiminds brain fitness program. Many of our clients have told us that our summer programs were the best thing they could have done for their child to help them do better in school. Be sure to check out our Cognitive Camp 2012 schedule on our website.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping to improve the study, reading and cognitive skills of clients of all ages. Find out more about Optiminds brain fitness programs and cognitive skills training by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: And be sure to visit our website at



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