|Keep on thinking! Ways to keep your mind in shape|
Staying active past age 50 doesn’t only mean aerobics or power walks. Your brain needs its regular workout to function at tiptop levels, too. Make these mind-over-matter suggestions a part of your fitness regimen:
- Dare yourself to learn a new skill, such as taking photographs, playing a musical instrument or speaking another language.
- Drink like a fish … water, that is—eight glasses daily. It’s the single most important element in our bodies and it’s essential for clear thinking. Eat more nutritiously, too. You’ll notice you have more stamina and a better outlook.
- Use routines to keep yourself organized and productive. Good places to start: a calendar to keep track of tasks, a to-do list for getting things fixed or done around the house, a diary to record events and ideas.
- Learn to focus your thoughts through techniques such as meditation and yoga. These exercises relieve stress to keep you centered on the task at hand.
- Stay “up” as times goes by. It may sound trite, but doctors say people who look on the bright side are more alert and aware and live longer than worrywarts.
- Take advantage of the many ways you can keep your mind sharp. Do the daily crossword puzzle, take an adult-education course, join a bridge club or just observe a daily ritual like an after-dinner stroll to keep your brain-power peaking.
- Forgive yourself the next time you need 15 minutes to find your car keys. As we age, we naturally become slightly forgetful about mundane items. And though worsening lapses require a doctor’s evaluation, so-called short-term memory loss (of events in the past few minutes, hours or days) is perfectly normal. Besides, worrying about it can make it worse.
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