How to keep your brain engaged and active

Guest post by George Mears of Brain Wellness

As
we age, our brains break down little by little just as our bodies do. Without
proper care, a lack of strong bonds between cells can become dementia or
Alzheimer’s disease, so it’s important to know the right ways to ensure your
brain is in good shape. It’s never too early to start thinking about making
positive lifestyle changes, and studies have shown that a combination of a good
diet, exercise, social interaction, and keeping the brain engaged and active
will help it stay healthy well into a person’s senior years.

Here
are some of the best ways to make sure your brain is in the best shape
possible.

Get in a workout

Daily
exercise is great for so many things that it’s a necessity, especially if
you’re over 35. Getting in a workout of at least 30 minutes each day will
ensure you get your heart rate up, and it can also boost your mood, lift your
energy level, and keep you in wonderful shape. Exercise is the best way to get
oxygen-rich blood to your brain, which could stimulate the production of new cells
and strengthen bonds between the old ones.

Watch that diet

If
you exercise every day, you likely won’t have to worry about indulging in a big
piece of chocolate cake now and then, but it’s helpful to watch your diet
simply for the sheer amount of brain-healthy vitamins that can be found in some foods. Dark, leafy greens,
tuna, nuts, and many fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of the
nutrients you need to keep your mind strong.

Stay curious

Finding ways to keep your brain engaged will
also keep it healthy. It’s important to keep reading, do word puzzles, play
card games, and commit to lifetime learning no matter what your age is. Making
trips to the library often will help you foster a good reading list and keep
you taking in information on many different topics.

Get social

Staying
engaged socially is great for your brain health, so get involved in your
community or make it a point to keep a standing weekly lunch date with a good
friend. Make plans with family members, volunteer at the local animal shelter,
or take up a new hobby that will allow you to meet new people.

Get some rest

Your
brain won’t be at it’s best unless you make sure you get enough sleep, and make sure it’s good sleep. That means turning off all
screens–televisions, smartphones, laptops–at least an hour before bedtime, as
they can interfere with the quality of your rest and even keep you awake. Set a
bedtime and stick to it, and if you find you have trouble falling asleep right
away, try relaxing things just before lights out, such as a hot bath or shower,
lavender oil, or meditation.

Also,
try to keep your home as clean and organized as possible. Creating a clean
space helps reduce stress and improve focus. HomeAdvisor
offers some ideas on how you can redesign your bedroom for improved sleep.

Protect your heart

Your heart health is tied to your brain
health, so make sure you keep it in good shape. Exercise and a good diet will
go a long way, but it’s also important to limit alcohol intake and, if you’re a
smoker, commit to quitting right away.

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