All of us know to exercise our bodies to keep fit, but how often do you consider exercising your brain? And which sort of exercise does it need anyway? What is the key to mental agility?
Keeping mentally active will keep your mind in good shape. Getting older doesn’t mean you need to be forgetful!
Recent research into Alzheimer’s disease found that individuals who were less active between the ages of 20 and 60 years are nearly 4 times more likely to develop the disorder. The mind, like the rest of the body, has to be kept busy to keep healthy.
Now it’s been revealed that exercising your brain can keep it in shape also.
The study found that how you spend your leisure time may impact the health of your mind.
Passive activities, including watching TV, engaging in social activities, and listening to music.
Intellectual activities are painting, reading, playing a musical instrument, woodworking.
Physical activities, as an instance, gardening, playing game, exercising in the gym, walking, running.
The only’action’ the Alzheimer’s patients had performed more often than the control group was watching TV!
He said”A relative gain in the amount of time devoted to intellectual activities from early adulthood (ages 20-39) to mid-adulthood (ages 40-60) was correlated with a substantial decline in the likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s disease later in life.”
An intellectual or physical hobby stimulates the mind and might decrease neurodegeneration as seen in diseases like Alzheimer’s. So sitting watching the TV is not enough for your mind, you will need to keep it active.
Lots of the finalists from the Learning in Later Life Campaign 2000 to find England’s oldest and most inspiring learners had painting and art as their hobby.
England’s Oldest Learner was Fred Moore who was then aged 107 years. Fred continued with art courses until he died at age 109. The director of his residential home said”Fred was a remarkable chap. He maintained his memory, going back to the death of Queen Victoria, and always kept his great sense of humor.”
So it’s official then, learning a new hobby is great for you. Fancy learning how to paint? Painting can be done indoors and outdoors, in addition to by yourself or in a group.
It’s never too late to get started. Local night courses offer a range of options. Take a look on the web too.
Remember you can have a healthy mind and enjoy a hobby also. Do not leave it until tomorrowbegin now!