Your Brain Will Thank You
September 2020 Issue
By Maureen Gleason, CHES
Photography provided by Memory Matters
Do you enjoy challenging yourself physically? Have you been more motivated to exercise and boost your health during these uncertain times? Do you want to feel good about helping a local non-profit organization that has supported our community for over 23 years? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have the challenge for you! Memory Matters is hosting its first ever virtual “Triathlon Challenge.” You may ask yourself, what does that mean, or how does one participate in a virtual challenge.
The best part about our first ever virtual Triathlon Challenge, on Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, is you can participate in the fitness activities wherever you feel most comfortable! This allows all participants to remain physically distanced, while being a part of something much greater! Your participation will help us to reach our goal of raising $24,700, which represents the 24/7 job of being a caregiver.
The registration fee is $20 per person and you get to choose your fitness challenge. Just choose three activities to complete in three hours, such as walk/run, cycle/spin, and swim. It is up to you to decide the distance you will complete in the three-hour timeframe. You can complete the Triathlon Challenge either solo, or with a relay team. No matter how you design your challenge, your participation will support a great cause that helps individuals and their families impacted by memory loss. And while you’re at it, you will also strengthen your own brain health!
There are countless benefits of being a part of something bigger than ourselves. It is proven that staying connected with others, having purpose, and being physically active greatly improves brain health. With your help, Memory Matters will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of those who use our services for years to come. Until there is a cure for Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory impairment, there will be Memory Matters!
Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D. a leading neuroscientist, author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life, and keynote speaker at the Memory Matters Brain Health Summit this past spring, said exercising is like giving your brain a bubble bath of all the chemicals it thrives on. So, are you ready to challenge yourself and try the tri? Visit www.mymemorymatters.org and click the banner to register. Here you will find all the details about the event, how to register or donate, how to create a relay team and how to fundraise for your personal fitness challenge.
We never truly know how much of an impact we can make in the lives of others unless we challenge ourselves! Memory Matters is excited to be challenging ourselves in not letting these times hinder important work that many people count on. We encourage you to do something bigger than yourself, as we are all in this together.