Yes, that old chestnut. We're always being told to exercise, but staying active is equally as good. It's important to stay physically fit. If you feel you can take up an activity such as dancing, walking, swimming or similar, then do so. My alternative: Be daring. I've been encouraging folk to try out belly-dancing, Zumba, Pilates, Tai Chi, circle dancing and line dancing -- in fact, anything that tickles your fancy and gets you moving for a bit.
Last year, I met a year-old man who had just discovered the joys of climbing trees and then zip-lining down them. Maybe you might like to give that a go yourself? There are all sorts of exciting activities you could sample, so choose one you've never tried before.
More energetic exercise will increase the levels of oxygen in your brain and flowing through your body. In turn, your body will release more endorphins, which will make you feel energized while producing a sense of pleasure and well-being. That's got to be worth a go. Suggestion: Play games.
Whether it's cards, Trivia Pursuit, Scrabble, Monopoly, chess or backgammon, invite friends over and play a game. You'll use your memory and expand your powers of recall.
You'll also test your mathematical skills and logic with some card games. If you are unable to find anyone to play with locally, log on and find a buddy online. My alternative: Work with your hands.
Whenever you perform an activity requiring finger dexterity you improve your brain. Knitting, sewing, crocheting, model building or taking up a musical instrument will all help. Better still try your hand at juggling. A study in the journal Nature discovered that jugging made certain areas of the brain expand and challenged conventional wisdom that the structure of the brain cannot change except through aging and disease. Suggestion: Learn to relax. Take time to refresh and unwind which allows the brain to properly process information it has absorbed.
Yoga or meditation can help you with this. My alternative: Have more sex. Sex enhances emotional intimacy, relaxes us, decreases stress and makes us feel great. In his book, Real Age, Michael Roizen reported that women who are unsatisfied with the quality or quantity of their sexual relationships have a life expectancy half a year less than is average for their age, while women who are satisfied with both the quality and quantity have a life expectancy one-and-a-half years longer than average.
For men, having fewer than five orgasms a year shortens life expectancy by two-and-a-half years, while a man having more than orgasms a year will add three years to his life expectancy. Suggestion: Cut down on caffeine and alcohol.
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Too much tea, coffee or alcohol can be harmful, so swap them for a glass of water. My alternative: Drink green tea. Green tea was found to reduce the risk of breast cancer and prevent recurrences, and is currently being tested as a way to help prevent bladder, colorectal and lung cancer recurrence.
It has other benefits too, as it appears to boost metabolism and may even help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
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A Japanese study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that drinking at least one cup of green tea a day could help your brain stay sharp. Suggestion: Eat a diet rich in Omega oils. There is little doubt that a diet rich in Omega oils found in fish and seeds is beneficial for heart and brain health. Evidence points at many reasons why you should introduce oily fish into your diet and recent studies indicate that Omega oils can help reverse degenerative brain disorders. My alternative: Eat less food.
In remembering you should be prompted to explore new horizons, travel to new destinations, take chances, do something different, meet new people, and by continuing to experience all that life has to offer, you can stay young and vibrant in mind and spirit, even when your body struggles to keep up.
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