Sport Bullwhip Cracking and Alzheimer’s…

Sport Bullwhip Cracking and Alzheimer’s…

Last week I was reading an article in Time Magazine about Alzheimer’s and all the software programs that are designed to hopefully prolong/prevent it.  You can read the article at: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1952329,00.html

Basically what the article said is that there are two easy things you can do to help prevent Alzheimer’s is to exercise:

One well-documented way to slow memory decline is through plain old aerobic exercise, says Art Kramer, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Illinois, who found that six months of walking for about an hour three times a week improved memory, attention and decision making among study participants, whose average age was 72. “Physical activity appears to be neuroprotective,” Kramer says.
– from Time.com

And to learn something new:

At least six weeks of sustained, intense learning generally results in increased brain thickness. This finding has fueled a hot theory in Alzheimer’s research: the more you work out your brain, the more you accumulate what is referred to as cognitive reserve
-from Time.com

While I was reading this article I realized that learning to crack a bullwhip get you out exercising and your brain is learning something new.  The cool thing about cracking bullwhip is that no matter how long you’ve been doing it, there is alway a new trick or combination or style of cracking to learn.  So sport bullwhip cracking is a great way to really engage your brain and muscles!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org