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Having just read about a study showing that maintaining an active lifestyle may help keep the brain from deteriorating so quickly, I’m brainstorming ways to multitask. Why not exercise the brain and the body at the same time?

Here is what I came up with:

  • working a crossword puzzle as I work out on an elliptical trainer;
  • doing mental math problems as I walk the dog around the neighborhood;
  • converting the distance I am from the adjacent car from inches to centimeters as I pull into the parking space farthest from my destination;
  • listening to Bach (good for the brain) as I prepare my dinner;
  • counting backwards from 100 by 3s as I carry a basket of dirty clothes to the laundry room;
  • writing checks for bills while I ride my recumbent bike;
  • trying to remember all of the phone numbers and addresses I’ve had throughout my life as I mow the lawn; and
  • reciting my elementary school teachers’ names—in order—while I swim a lap in the community pool.

I’m going to try to come up with even more exercise combos. If there’s any possibility that I can avoid becoming a victim of Alzheimer’s disease by working out the entire package, isn’t it worth the effort?

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