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Why working out your brain is just as important as your body

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It’s not just your body you need to train to keep in peak physical condition. Your brain is a muscle, too, and it needs constant stimulation to keep you living your best life.

The theory ‘use it or lose it’ isn’t far from the truth when it comes to maintaining optimal brain health – and while it’s thought we should be doing specific brain training, Dr Amir-Homayoun Javadi, a senior lecturer in cognitive neuroscience at the School of Psychology (University of Kent), says it’s far simpler than that.

While Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are typically referred to as neurodegenerative disorders, things like strokes and heart attacks can also be attributed to cognitive decline – so it’s worth taking note.

First, let’s understand how the brain works.

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