Movement maintains memory. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience published a study confirming what we all really already know. Active people LIVE YOUNGER. Whenever I hear people say, “I don’t like exercise,” then I know they are thinking of some boring activity that they dread but that they think is necessary to get their heart rate up. Rethink “exercise” and replace it with the word “movement.”
What are your favorite ways to keep moving? If you would like to become more fit, here are some ways that don’t feel at all like exercise:
- Plant a small garden. Stooping, bending, hoeing, and just generally loving on your plants works muscle groups that are easily ignored.
- Take a short walk… or a long walk. If the weather is too hot or too cold, find a local mall to walk in. It’s amazing the nice people that are doing the same.
- Invite a friend for a “walk and talk”. My friend Linda is great at this. I smile whenever I drive by “our park” where we’ve walked for years.
- Go Geocaching. It’s an adventure for all ages and anywhere in the world.
- Take dancing lessons. You’ll never regret it.
- Have a ball bowling. Despite your score, it’s great fun!
- Consider yoga. It can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be.
- Play a musical instrument. I’ve read that playing an instrument for one hour burns as many calories as walk around a track at a moderate pace for one hour.
- Clean house. I really debated about adding this to the list because it is not my personal favorite!
- Make friends with people younger than you are. This is my personal favorite!
- Volunteer on a recurring basis. People who volunteer are active people. Surround yourself with these kind of people.
- Play a video game that keeps you active like Just Dance from Wii. They are great for all ages!
- Take the stairs maybe even more than once. Go slow, go fast. (Benefits of stair climbing)
If you’re starting something new, don’t expect to be good at it. Remember my motto, “Everything is difficult before it becomes easy.” The key is to keep moving. I don’t need a scientific study to make me a believer. I’ve seen first hand in my patients for over 30 years. Those that keep moving also keep thinking clearly and LIVE YOUNGER. It is inspiring and challenging. Movement maintains memory. START SOMEWHERE today to nourish your body, mind, and spirit by moving more. You can do it. I will help you.