Happy New Year to you all! How did you guys get started? My year started with a nice bike ride to the beach, where I met up with my friends and a whoooooole lot of other wild people. We had all decided to start the New Year with a plunge into the North Sea, off the Dutch coast.
This marked 30 year in a row of the famous tradition of the "Nieuwjaarsduik" in Zandvoort. Of course nothing goes down in the Netherlands without a live DJ, so it was a party all the way in and out of the ice-cold water. You can check out my experience here if you want. Indeed, I am one of those people with an orange hat on!
Jumping into that cold water sure got my brain awake! Another great thing to do for your brain-health is exercise. You need to get your heart rate up and get some sweating going to get the most benefits.
Turns out a bit of sweating will immediately help your mood and focus. It will also help to protect your brain from conditions such as depression, Alzheimer and dementia.
So many good reasons to pick a workout and just go for it! Check out this excellent TED talk by neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki to learn more.
I wish you all an excellent start to 2019!