People are living longer these days. And that’s fantastic news, of course.
But living longer means you’ll likely end up battling more health complaints in your lifetime too. And certainly, you’ll wrestle with more of them than your parents or grandparents ever did.
And one of the worst for many seniors is memory loss.
Sure, you might joke about “brain burps.” Or perhaps you let loose with a belly laugh whenever you have a “senior moment.”
But if you’re like most folks, those guffaws are covering up some fear too.
Because let’s face it, memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia are no laughing matter. In fact, those slips can be downright TERRIFYING.
But what if I were to tell you there was a ridiculously simple way for you to build a barrier AGAINST memory loss? An easy trick that could help you hold on to your precious memories longer?
Well, researchers recently revealed just such a solution. And best of all, it doesn’t require any drugs, surgeries, or special equipment.
The secret move for a “steel-trap” memory
It turns out the path to better memory and reasoning is simply to “make a move.”
Because according to researchers, the more active you are, the better your memory and reasoning skills will likely be.
The new study examined both the fitness levels and MRI scans of over 1,200 volunteers. And the researchers discovered the folks who could walk the furthest in two minutes also had the best looking white matter in their brains.
But then, what they uncovered next stunned everyone.
Those same fit folks with the beautiful brains ALSO scored off the charts on tests measuring their memory and reasoning skills. While the cognitive abilities of the young volunteers who were less fit but still healthy were, well, less than impressive.
In other words, merely staying active appeared to help protect against the kind of memory decline many of us face as we get older.
Boost your activity and boost your brainpower
Now I know what you may be thinking. “Great, now she wants me to live out my Golden Years as a gym rat.”
But don’t worry, you DON’T need to spend your life in a gym or work out for hours to start protecting your memory. You simply need to commit to being more active.
And the easiest way I know to do that is to take up a hobby or activity you actually LOOK FORWARD to doing.
For example, if you love to cut a rug, why not look for something like a country line dancing class to try? Or if you’ve always been drawn to the water then maybe an Aqua Zoomba class might be more your speed.
Even a brisk, half-an-hour walk every night after dinner counts.
And, of course, playing golf WITHOUT a cart is always a great way to effortlessly increase your fitness level while doing something you already love.
Commit to doing something fun and active at least three times a week, and before long, you’ll be reaping the rewards with a stronger, sharper brain.
And if you’re wondering WHY it works the answer is pretty simple. When you exercise, it increases blood flow, and thus oxygen, to your brain.
Don’t let your Golden Years be marred by memory loss. Simply make a move instead.