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Old 09-26-10, 08:45 AM   #1
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bicycling is brainy

http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20...om-The-Doctors (see tip #10 repeated below)

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A German study found that people who rode bikes three times a week for 30 minutes each over a span of three months increased the volume of the hippocampus -” a brain region associated with spatial navigation and long-term memory-” by 16%. Researchers also found improvements in short-term memory. Riding your bike around town is a great way to challenge your brain "you have to recall the best route to your destination, navigate narrow alleyways and react to potholes” all of which pushes your brain to work in ways that it might not during everyday life. You will burn calories, decrease your carbon-footprint guilt and likely run into a neighbor or two along the way "all good things for your brain.
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Old 09-26-10, 08:47 AM   #2
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LOL, I did all that yesterday so how come I couldn't remember the "NAME" of the Italian Food I had last night, this morning???
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Old 09-26-10, 08:54 AM   #3
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LOL, I did all that yesterday so how come I couldn't remember the "NAME" of the Italian Food I had last night, this morning???
Could it have anything to do with the wine that went with the meal?
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Old 09-26-10, 09:04 AM   #4
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What was the question again?
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This is sad news I usually ride three times a week and I'm really forgetful - I can't imagine what it would be like if I quit riding.
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Old 09-26-10, 09:42 AM   #6
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Most of the people I ride with are so dumb that they say the same about me. So, so much for that theory!
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If I only had a brain....
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16,000 miles last year... Now I only have half of a brain left.
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Riding your bike around town is a great way to challenge your brain "you have to recall the best route to your destination, navigate narrow alleyways and react to potholes” all of which pushes your brain to work in ways that it might not during everyday life.
Umm, that is everyday life for me. Duh.
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This is sad news I usually ride three times a week and I'm really forgetful - I can't imagine what it would be like if I quit riding.
Never quit Bev!!
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I don't know about the increased brain power part, but my ESP levels are getting higher every year in predicting what that next crazy motorist is going to do next.
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I knew I shouldn't have followed that link! 10 seconds and now that song is stuck in my head!
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Old 09-26-10, 04:48 PM   #13
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Now where did I leave my bike?
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Our roads and trails are without potholes, so I am not getting all the possible benefit out of riding. I will have to ask the city and county fathers to add more potholes to improve my memory!
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Just opened a can of salmon for the omega-3. Fish is said to be brain food.
Now if I could eat a can of salmon while riding a bike I'd get twice the benefit.
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