Brain Healthy Lifestyle

 

What can you do towards a “brain healthy” lifestyle?

Exercise your body – for muscle strength, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular efficiency.
Ideas: walk, cycle, swim, dance.

Spells of relaxation to switch off the stresses of life.
Ideas: have fun, play/listen to music, meditate, stop to appreciate a sunset

Exercise your brain – create time to concentrate on particular tasks.
Ideas: read, write, study, crosswords, sudoku. Take on new challenges: learn something new.

Be socially involved – mix with people older and younger than you.
Ideas: initiate conversation, join a club or volunteer in the area of your interest.

Be proactive with your health – have regular health checks.
E.g.: cholesterol, bodyweight, blood pressure and sugar levels, prostate, breast X ray.

Look after your dietand drink plenty of water
Include a range of fresh fruit and vegetables. Limit your intake of foods high in saturated fats.

A brain healthy life style will make a difference to your physical health and may help to reduce the risks of dementia.
There is no guarantee that you won’t get dementia even if you do everything right.
A brain healthy lifestyle requires effort and practice.

Click on this link to view an ABC News – Health article: Burning Question: Dementia and what you can do to cut your risk.

Article prepared by the ARPAactiveover50s Train the Brain Group. Visit their page.

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