Whenever people consider staying fit, they usually consider from the neck down. However, your brains’ health plays a vital role in virtually everything that you do: feeling, remembering, playing, thinking, working and even sleeping.
Same as with other parts of the body, the brain losses its agility as you get older. It can decline more if you do not take care of it. That good thing is that there are indications suggesting that there are ways that you can take in keeping your brain healthier as you get older. These ways may also lower your risk of getting Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
1. Good Nutrition
- Eat various food that has diverse colors and without many added ingredients or processes.
- Plan your meals. Starting with veggies, then fruits, protein, dairy and then grains.
- You can also include some cold-water fish in your diet like halibut, herring, mackerel, tuna, salmon and sardines, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- You should know what a portion-size is, to avoid overeating.
- Try eating more foods that are low on Glycemic Index.
- If you’re only capable of doing one thing, eat more veggies, especially leafy green veggies
2. Physical Exercise
- Begin by talking to your physician, particularly if you’re not physically active, has special health issues or are making important alterations in your current program.
- Set an objective that you can easily achieve. Do something that you like for 15 minutes each day. You can add more activities and time later.
- Plan workouts in your daily routine. It’s going to be a habit faster if you do.
- If you are only capable of doing one thing, go for something cardiovascular, which means an activity that lets your heart beat faster. Activities like biking, basketball, hiking, running, swimming, skiing, playing tennis, playing tag, ultimate
- Frisbee, walking and other related activities/sports.
3. Mental Exercise
- Be inquisitive! Try and visit your local library and community college. Search for local churches or organizations that provide classes or workshops.
- Try doing variety of things, which includes things that you are not good at.
- Work puzzles such as Sudoku and crosswords or play bridge and chess.
- Try engaging in a computerized brain fitness program for a more customized exercise.
- If you are capable of only doing one thing, learn a new particular activity every day.
4. Stress Management
- Engage in a regular cardio workout.
- Try to have good sleep every night.
- Keep in touch with your family and friends.
- Train yourself to do meditation, yoga or any relaxing activity as means to take a relaxing break.
- If you are only capable of doing one thing, set 5-10 minutes of your time just to breathe deeply and recharge.