Science has uncovered the most important muscle in your body… 24



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Just like any muscle, if it’s not active it can atrophy and wither. The well known adage of ‘retiring today, dying tomorrow’ has an element of truth associated with this research.

The brain is an organ and, as such, it requires oxygen and exercise, just like the heart and lungs.

Feed your mind and you’ll feel emotionally and physically invigorated. It may be too soon to succumb to middle-aged worries about “using it or losing it,” or to start fretting about Alzheimer’s and other degenerative disease. Nonetheless, it’s still important to focus on keeping your brain in shape.

You can do this by regularly engaging in the right activities, you can increase your memory, improve your problem-solving skills and boost your creativity.

Here are some tips on how to keep your mind active:

  • read a book
  • crosswords
  • Sudoku
  • learn a language
  • learn an instrument
  • higher education
  • online “Brain train” apps.

Keeping your brain stimulated doesn’t necessarily mean doing ‘paid’ work, it can also be a hobby, volunteering, or a new business venture or partnership. Why not try Yoga or playing golf or as listed above learning a new language or an instrument?

Keep your mental faculties in tip-top shape by giving yourself plenty of opportunities for mental stimulation. Use your cognitive skills, test your powers of recall, improve your memory, and challenge yourself to be more creative in your thinking. You’ll reap great brain-boosting benefits by keeping your mind active.

This applies to everything, whether you’re listening, thinking or reading. Make an effort to take notes or acknowledge that you’ve heard what the other person has told you. When we’re passive, our minds drift away. If you work hard at being active, your brain will register what is being said and you’ll remember it more easily.

Start paying attention to detail. We hear an overwhelming quantity of information each day, but we only remember what is important to us. Broaden what you deem significant and you will remember more.
A trick is to imagine that everything is vital information. You can go to the extent to imagine that you’re an investigator and that every aspect of what’s going on around you is vital to national security!
It is also crucially important to have Purpose and Meaning a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

What activities do you do to keep your brain active?

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David Reed

David Reed is a certified Retirement Coach and national award winning Retirement Adviser. He has a passion for the science of retirement that has enabled him to successfully guide clients to their ideal retirement since 2003. David has authored two books on retirement psychology and modern retirement planning techniques.

  1. Ballroom dancing has been shown to be superior to solving puzzles in warding off dementia. Uses brain and body coordination and aerobics.

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    • And Scottish country dancing. They used footage from a class in an episode of an SBS Insight programme a few years ago.

  2. I recently bought my first computer game, Oblivion IV , which is 10 years old and only $24. I am thoroughly enjoying keeping myself alive onscreen, and slaughtering rogue rats, goblins and guard members, while amassing gold pieces and exploring fascinating cities and beautiful landscapes. It keeps me on my toes, remembering rules, where I’ve been, who I’ve met, and how to get out of scrapes. This is one of my mind gyms.

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