Although Meditation isn’t really a core part of brain health, it’s a close runner-up. And definitely worth a mention.
It’s popularity in research has risen dramatically in the last decade. High powered CEO’s are using it. Celebrities swear by it. And the media is covering it pretty extensively. Let’s not forget that scientists are going pretty crazy over it too.
Some people believe the reports of meditation are overblown. Others still think it’s new age shenanigans. But while some of the research might be a tad over zealous, you can’t refute all the overwhelming evidence of both the physical and mental benefits that have been found.
While the primary use of meditation was for stress reduction and management, the benefits clearly go beyond that. It shares a lot of the same benefits for the brain as physical exercise, and I don’t see it as something that is a passing fad.
It’s the closest thing to a mental workout as you’ll get.