This TED Talk by Elizabeth Amini provides 10 tips to keeping your brain young. Based on her review of research papers, these tips give an insight into measures that can help reduce the risk of conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
Or other aerobic activities are beneficial to get the blood and nutrients flowing through your body. Thirty minutes 5 times a week is provided as a guide but should naturally be done in consultation with your medical professionals. Consider your current physical condition when incrementally getting to this level.
Play mentally engaging games
Whether these be online or offline activities, the key is that they are engaging and/or fun. Games can be a broad term that include computer games, chess, bridge or similar. And even dance and language. The great news is you don’t have to be good at them! It’s just the act of doing.
Pretty self-explanatory this one…
Humans are social beings. Therefore, isolation has a big impact on people’s mental well-being and longevity. Joining clubs, groups and communities are some of the recommendations made in this space.
Having purpose and life direction keeps your brain active and focused on positive outcomes. Studies show clearly that those who have this drive towards a goal consistently remain mentally young longer than others.
All work and no play makes for a dull life…and one that ages the brain. It also increases stress that creates a vicious cycle. Relaxation comes in many forms and should be included in a part of daily life for keeping the brain young.
Partner with your doctor
Rather than be a reactionary relationship. Elizabeth encourages people to seek out doctors who are proactive and focus on prevention.
Protect your head
Head injuries significantly increase the risk of brain injuries or impact in later life. So, ensure to take the necessary precautions around this.
Elizabeth highlights that this is one of the few proven diets that assist people in living a lifestyle that helps brain health.
A positive outlook matters….a lot
Studies have shown that positive people, over time, get a neuro-protective effect against symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Looking for opportunities in challenges we face and eliminating negative self-talk are quick examples of areas to look at to help with a positive outlook.
Understand more of the detail on keeping your brain young by watching the full 16-minute TED talk here.
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