The 2 Best Ways to Stay Mentally Sharp
As we age, keeping our brain in shape is just as important as maintaining a healthy body. And exercise geared to your mind can keep you in mental shape in the same way physical exercise can keep your body in shape. Here are some recommendations from the Harvard Medical School on how to keep your mind in shape:
If you don’t have some challenging mental activities every day, your mind could be on the way to slowing down. According to the Harvard Medical School experts, research has shown that people who held more challenging jobs while in their working years are less likely to suffer memory loss (dementia) than those who had routine, repetitive jobs. Our advice: Keep – or get – yourself in shape by learning a craft, taking up a new hobby, learning a language or doing challenging crossword puzzles.
Other experts cite the phrase “Use it or lose it” when it comes to the brain. The most important element of your mental activities: Make sure they’re challenging.
A study done by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco showed that physical and lifestyle factors are related to mental prowess. The study found that people who exercised moderately to vigorously once a week were 31 percent likelier to maintain their cognitive function. And those who didn’t smoke were 50 percent likelier to stay sharp.