Brain Myth, #4

(Sound body, sound mind)

Myth #4: Sound Body, Sound Mind.

Physical health does not always assist the vigor of a person's intellect; sometimes, exercise that's too intense may hurt one's mental abilities.

  • Some people think that a sick body will decrease a person's mental abilities; however, in many cases, illness does not necessarily damage an aging brain.
  • There are some diseases that can have an adverse effect on mental health; such as, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure; but, these physical problems have not been proven to be the cause of diminishing the mind.
  • Mental specialists are inclined to believe that the lifestyles of people are more likely to be the cause of both physical and mental weaknesses.
  • Overeating, physical and mental inactivity, and stresses show up as predictors for the deterioration of both mind and body.
  • Regular exercise is a physical factor that seems to be one of the most beneficial for both the brainpower of the healthy and the sick, and for both the young and elderly people.
  • All exercises are not of equal value, because those who who participate in moderate exercise; such as, thirty minutes of walking a day score higher on tests than those who never exercise.
  • Older people who spend hours a day running or swimming can risk a decrease in physical and mental conditions.
-Compiled from excerpts presented in "Brain Power"
by Joannie M. Schrof in U.S. News & World Report;
November 28, 1994; pages 92 & 94.

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