As people ponder their 2019 New Year’s resolutions, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging everyone to include brain health on the list.

Research shows that healthy lifestyle interventions may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and help reduce the risk of dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, tips aimed at promoting brain health. Combining all ten behaviors offers a greater benefit than any single activity alone. Some tips include:

1. Break a sweat. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body.

2. Hit the books. Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Take a class at a local college, learn a new language or instrument.

3. Fuel up right. Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

4. Catch some Zzz’s. Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

5. Buddy up. Staying socially active may support brain health and possibly protect against cognitive decline. Join a bowling league, book club or cooking class.

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