Staying Sharp

Back view of a woman stretching as she watches an exercise class on TV
There is plenty of research that exercise benefits the brain, but could having a healthy brain also push us to exercise?
A close-up view of two cups of coffee, strawberries and croissants
If starting your day without a cup of coffee sounds like torture, you’ve got company. The latest statistics from the National Coffee Association show 90 percent of older coffee drinkers need a morning cup to jump-start their day.
A woman leaning forward to stretch her legs on a yoga mat
Scientists have been telling us for years how beneficial yoga is for our mental and physical health, but what does yoga actually do to our brain to achieve these benefits?
A close up of hands shaping bread dough
When the country is stressed out, what do we do? We bake.
A woman using a tablet while cooking in the kitchen
As Americans stay hunkered down at home in virus-avoidance mode, our eating habits are changing — for the better and the worse.
A woman carrying a backpack and walking stick as she hikes through the woods
During stressful times there’s a simple thing you can do to boost your feelings of health and well-being: Spend some time outside in nature.
A woman working at the table at home
These are stressful, worrisome times and – sorry, folks – here’s one more thing to worry about: The fact that getting too stressed about it could weaken your immune system just when you need it to be as strong as possible.
Three women standing together at a pickleball court
Leisure activities could slow brain aging by 4 years
A woman holding a bowl of almonds in her hand
Toss a handful of almonds or walnuts on your cereal or salad, mix some cashews into your dinner stir-fry or just munch some peanuts for a quick snack. It’s a daily habit that may be the key to improving your brain health — and it may only take a couple of teaspoons.
A female doctor showing a brain X-ray to a patient
Could poor health actually shrink your brain?
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