Make a Move to Preserve Your Memory
Let’s face it. We’re all going to die someday. We’ll decline in physical ability and mental aptitude. Our eyelids will sag, our skin will loosen and our pace will be a little slower. Nobody likes to think about the aging process – especially when thinking about the fact that it will become much more difficult to, well… think!
With the daunting truth that memory and cognition become more challenging after we hit our 40’s, people will try almost anything to guarantee slowing that mental aging process. Fortunately, a preventative measure has been confirmed. Good old exercise will actually be the hero of this story. Two separate studies recently found that movement and activity are effective tools for preserving cognitive function in later years of life. And we’re not saying that vigorous and competitive workouts are required for these results.
According to the New York Times, a group of elderly adults were studies over the course of 2-5 years, for mental capacity and its correlation to their personal activity level. Some led inactive daily lives, while others engaged in walking, gardening, cooking and cleaning activities. The findings were remarkable. While those who lived entirely sedentary lives “scored significantly worse over the years on tests of cognitive function, the most active group showed little decline. About 90 percent of those with the greatest daily energy expenditure could think and remember just about as well, year after year.”
Nobody was running marathons and doing heavyweight lifting. They were simply performing daily tasks that got their body moving regularly, and their mental aptitude scored significantly better. As I always say, it doesn’t take much to be healthy. It just requires simple daily habits of physical movement and healthy diet. Lifelong satisfaction is as simple as that!