Running is Good for Your Brain?

Some good stories are worth repeating!

The Lean Life with Lori

New research has surprisingly showed that challenging physical activity can help protect–and even expand–your brain.

Brain researcher, Aga Burzynska, studied the brain of Olga Kotelko (below), and made a telling discovery about mental sharpness in later life.Olga-Kotelko-2

Kotelko took up track and field at the age of 77 and went on to dominate international sports competitions well into her 90s, always pushing herself to do more.  What got Burzynska’s fascination was not Kotelko’s physical prowess, but Kotelko’s brain.

At the time of Kotelko’s death at the age of 95, her mind was super sharp. She spent the last year of her life working on an autobiography, The O.K. Way to a Happy, Healthy, Life.  She read the newspaper every day, and loved doing Sudoku puzzles. She sang complicated ecclesiastical hymns with her church choir. Even at 95, her cognitive abilities were far from slowing down.

The typical human brain shrinks…

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