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Most people now accept that proactive ageing is a good idea. We know that staying physically fit will help us remain healthy into our later years. Most people are also broadly aware of what they need to do to remain physically healthy. But for the public, mental fitness still remains a bit of a mystery, even though the associated health factors are understood by the scientific community. It is also well known that the changes in our brains which result in memory decline and dementia start decades before any symptoms appear.

Like neglecting the health of our body, damage in our brains builds up over time and we often only become aware of it much later when symptoms start to appear. You can start building a healthy brain by :

1. Physical Exercise : Take up cardiovascular exercise (a minimum of 3 x 30 minutes per week).

2. Mental Exercise : Do some challenging but not frustrating mental activities in completely new areas than you are used to (a minimum of 3 x 30 minutes per week).

3. Manage Your Stress Levels : Do a stress awareness and reduction activity at least once a day.  (a minimum of 1 x 10 minutes every day).

 

You can also begin to educate yourself about your memory and overall brain health. Take some time to read through this website and some of our recommended web links  – they are all free.

 

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How To Protect and Enhance Your Brain

 

After age 30, physical and mental decline are inevitable but much of the rate of that decline is within our control. Recent developments in neuroscience demonstrate that the brain is as adaptable as our physical bodies and that the right training provides tangible and measurable benefits in sharpening up our memory and other mental capabilities. Brain fitness like physical fitness is achievable if the right combination of activities is undertaken.

 

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road of life, not going all the way, and not starting.    .... Buddha

What to do

Why do it

How to do it

Benefit

 

Physical Exercise

 

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Our brain uses 20% of our body’s oxygen and 25% of our energy (glucose) consumption. These essential resources are delivered by our heart pumping blood through our body to our brain.

Research has demonstrated the effects of walking daily, aerobic exercise and other cardiovascular activities. For improved brain development group activities are better than solo exercise, and playing complex team sports is even better.

The best approach is to find a coach that provides a physical assessment and can help you build a personalised training program that develops your weaker areas and rounds out your overall fitness at a higher level.

Protective

Aerobic exercise enhances our vascular network which increases the blood flow so necessary for healthy brains. This helps protect what you have.

 

Mental Exercise

 

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The phrase “use it or lose it” is validated by the weight of scientific evidence in the field of neuroscience which advocates that by continually challenging our brains with novel activities and learning new skills we can establish mental reserves. This helps to keep our brains more immediately sharp and may reduce our risk of memory and dementia symptoms later in life.

Note that doing just crosswords and/or sudoku is not enough. Novelty and variety are key.

Research has demonstrated the effects of doing a variety of novel and challenging mental activities, which are still fun and engaging. It is important that these are new and different activities from those you are used to doing in order to build new neural networks.

The best approach is to find a coach that provides a cognitive assessment and can help you build a personalised training program that develops your weaker areas and rounds out your overall mental capabilities at a higher level. 

Enhancing and Protective

The secret is to extend your skills and enrich your experience.  This strengthens all those parts of your brain that you don’t normally use, which builds reserve capacity that helps to protect against dementia. It also enhances the depth and breadth of mental skills available to you in everyday life – it helps keeps you sharp.

 

Manage Your Stress Levels

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Stress kills by stealth. It turns our immune system down, aggravating the effects of many illnesses and delaying recovery. Stress produces too much of the hormone cortisol, which increases our blood pressure and diminishes our memory.  This makes us physically and mentally age more quickly.

Learn how to recognise your own level of stress at any point in time. Starting with simple relaxation techniques, learn how to physically relax, by practicing to focus on your breath. Gradually learn to transition attention from thinking to sensing and body awareness. Example activities are Meditation, Yoga, and Tai Chi.

Protective

Using proven self management principles we can all learn to physically relax and engage in life with a clear mind and broader perspectives. This has the dual effect of allowing both our body (immune system) and our mind to function much more efficiently.