What happens to aperson's body as it ages is no mystery. Namely, the person's bodymuscles waste, the lung capacity decreases, the overall health getsworse, and finally, mobility and flexibility decrease as well. Andsome of the results of said factors is the person's posturesuffering, his or her movement becomes slower and less agile, as theperson becomes an easier target for illnesses and injury.
Thisis why it is important to intervene. And this is done by: exerciseand physical activity.
Most of the people in America, normally get to apoint in their lives when they simply stop moving (that much)anymore. This includes the most mundane of daily tasks: lifting,walking, hammering, climbing, cleaning, and doing other simplephysical stuff. And this abrupt denial of physical activity alsocauses increased aging.
The Two SimpleFacts...
....and those would be that: (1) people typically slow down mentally (aswell!) with age. As a result of this they also become less creativeand adventurous. And the other fact would be that (2) it doesn't haveto be that way! The human brain is, after all, a muscle, and needsits fair share of training, too! This is also why people who haveremained mentally active throughout their lives, have also aged lessthan those who haven't.
Use it or Lose it!
Thegood news is that the brain, like any other muscle of the human body,is adoptive and may thus "grow muscle" at any given age. Sothusly, most if not all damage which has been cause, may, in face, beundone.
Theremainder of this article offers ten simple tips that are to be usedin order to stay in shape mentally.
Fistoff, setting goals. The reasons behind this one are simple; namely,no goals: no thinking, planning, rationalization, problem solving norcreating.
Secondly,laughing. Some people tend to be gravely mistaken that it is somehowillegal to laugh or allow oneself to be silly at a later age. Laugh!And let the grumpy old farts envy you as they age faster than you do.
Thirdly,a person does not stop playing because he or she grows old, it's theother way around! So playing is important, too! Skiing, mountainbiking, running up and down sand dunes, and so forth.
Studying.There is no age limit which hinders a person from resuming to studyafter earning a PhD. Basically, learning about anything will helpkeep the mind in shape.
Whilewe're at studying, learning new languages is always fun, too. Itis a widely-known fact that people who speak more than one foreignlanguage age more slowly than those who are limited tojust a single one! In this way, they are able to maintain theirmental shape for much longer than their uni-lingual friends, andconsequentially may even delay Alzheimer's.
Nextoff would be creative expression. This may involve: writing,painting, drawing, sculpting, inventing, and so forth.
Numberseven: a person should never stop reading! The matter at hand oughtpreferably be of the sort that makes him or her use the brain moreintensely.
Eight?Consciously attempting to remember stuff is equally an importantexercise.
Nextoff, doing mental work outs. Crosswords, puzzles, whatever...
Andlastly, having a project running should keep the person constantlymentally active as well. Landscaping, small businesses, etc.