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