Tips For Improving Brain Fitness And
improve brain fitness, memory and general mental health, the Mature
Market Institute produced Ten Tips for Maintaining a Healthy
Brain by Paul Nussbaum, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist.
Smoke. Smoking represents a major risk factor for stroke, not
the mention cancer and heart disease.
your physician's advice. A healthy relationship with your
personal physicians is critical to living a healthy life. Keep in mind,
however, that only you are in charge of your body, so develop a
proactive approach and take responsibility for those negative aspects
of your life that may decrease your longevity potential.
physical activity. It is well understood that blood flow
stimulated by exercise is good for the heart, lungs and muscles - and
it's beneficial for the brain as well. People reluctant to commit to a
regular program of physical activity may be more motivated if they
understand how it helps them stay sharp mentally.
the overall calories you consume daily. Pay close attention
to how much you eat, and try not to go to bed stuffed. Also, think
about what you're consuming, eat healthy and don't feel guilty about
"wasting" food - most people would be better off if they ate only 80
percent of what they ordinarily consume at every meal.
and have fun. Try to stay engaged and enjoy life. Social
interaction is an essential part of feeling and staying alert and young
- and besides that, it's enjoyable!
your spirituality. Evidence continues to emerge that prayer,
meditation, yoga and other relaxation techniques are health-promoting
activities, and have neurophysiological benefits. At the very least,
they help combat the stresses of life and focus on the challenge ahead.
your brain. Brain fitness depends on combining a variety of
activities - such as playing music, word games and physical activity -
that differ in frequency, intensity and variety. A single activity, not
matter how challenging, is not sufficient to sustain the kind of mental
acuity that virtually everyone can achieve. Although activities such as
reading and doing crossword puzzles are good on their own, they offer
only partial benefits, unless they are part of a comprehensive program
for long-term brain health.
your role and sense of purpose. Retirement means many things,
but it doesn't have to mean losing who you are. It can also represent
an opportunity to find new ways to participate in society, and
possibly, discover even greater relevance.
saving for the future now. Research suggests that having some
money late in late correlates with better health. If you're unsure
where to begin to save for the future, consider retaining a financial
planner. You're never too young or too old to begin saving.
your social network. Develop hobbies, promote lifelong
pursuits, and grow a social network of meaningful relationships.
Research indicates that individuals who live in isolation have a higher
risk of developing dementia than those who remain integrated in
society. Lifelong community involvement, particularly activities with
friends, family and partners is an investment in brain health.
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