Just like using your body will result in better muscle tone and health, so will using your mind. Keeping a sharp mind over a lifetime requires that you find new ways to use your mind so that you can light up new neuro-pathways, as well as taking care of it properly in the first place, so that it can work the way you need it to.

 

Consider these “Small Steps”

Keep Moving

It’s not enough to just go to work and come home even if you have a physical job. It’s essential that you add at least 150 minutes of moderately hard movement, like walking fast, into your weekly plan. One of the most significant mind dulling moves you can make is to become sedentary. Just walking 30 minutes a day, after dinner, can help.

Read More Often

Did you know that most people stop reading after they finish school? That’s really a sad thing about society. People are busy, and they don’t have a lot of downtime to devote to reading. However, if you make it a habit to read at least 20 minutes a day, you’ll increase your brain power exponentially.

Eat Right

The truth is, nothing is more important than your nutrition. Nutrition is more important by far than exercise or anything else you do for yourself. Eating enough vitamins, minerals, and nutrition is something everyone needs to do. Find the best way of eating for your needs and health and stick to it at least 80 percent of the time, and you’ll reap the rewards.

Focus on Your Posture

It may seem silly, but if you keep your posture throughout your life, your mind will also stay sharper. Sit up correctly, learn how to walk correctly, and it helps every part of you remain in better focus. Try Pilates and Yoga to help improve your posture.

Sleep Enough

Adults need to sleep at least 7 to 9 hours per night. Sadly, most of us are not getting anywhere near that amount of sleep. However, rest is a crucial and vital component of a healthy lifestyle. If you want to keep you mind sharp, this is not something you can skip.

Practice Lifelong Learning

Whenever you learn something new, whether it’s painting, how to play an instrument, or something more practical, like how to use a software program at work, it engages new areas of your brain and will help to keep it sharp.

Listen to Music

Music is something that is not really that unique to humans as we used to think. All types of animals benefit from music. Music that they make or music that we find in nature is significant to us and helps keep your brain functioning. In fact, music is a big part of memory care for people who have cognitive difficulties.

Get Regular Check-ups

Many issues with the mind can be caught early and dealt with via better nutrition, sleep, or exercise, if you know about it. Get regular checkups from your primary care health professional each year and always tell them about anything you’re concerned about when it comes to your mind.

ENGAGE Top Tip

Having a sharp mind well into your elderly years can be accomplished if you make it essential starting now. Exercise, eating right, and using your brain every single day in new ways will make all the difference in how sharp your mind is and how you feel.

 

Quotes to Ponder

“Strong minds suffer without complaining; Weak minds complain without suffering.”

  • Lettie Cowman: American writer and author of devotional books

 

“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.”

  • Max De Pree: American businessman and writer

 

Ask Yourself This

What activities do I do every day to keep my mind sharp?