Happy New Year! Have you decided on a new year's resolution yet? Or are you boycotting resolutions all together this year? Either way, we challenge you to get smart this year.
Many studies show that exercising our mind poses a number of health benefits as we age. Add physical exercise on top of that and you've now reduced your odds of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. As published in the British Journal of Science and Medicine, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, which is the area of your brain that's involved in verbal memory and learning. If you exercise you're body, you're also exercising your mind. It's a win-win.
Last year, a number of us Exact MAXers participated in a walking challenge. We all geared up with our pedometers, Fitbits, and exercise apps and challenged each other for a month to see who could take the most steps. I unfortunately managed to break my foot prior to the start of the challenge, but I powered through and participated as much as I could as I nursed my fractured foot back to health.
The results? We all had a new sense of motivation to be more active throughout the workday—whether it meant taking some time away from our desks at lunch time to walk with a colleague or going for a quick run to boost our energy. I truly believe we each benefited individually from the extra physical activity, as did our company as a whole. Taking some time away from your desk to go for a walk or run does wonders for your mind...and it can also be a good time to think. Try it and maybe you'll return to your workplace with a new idea or strategy for how to help your company succeed in the new year.
If exercise or physical activity aren't an option, there are plenty of other hobbies and activities to exercise that brain of yours. Check out the infographic below and pick one the hobbies to see how having fun CAN make you smarter.
Then get running, walking, gaming, reading, or whatever you choose. Most importantly, have fun and don't just look at it as a New Years Resolution, but a new way of life.