Can’t remember things like you used to? Memory loss with age is something that many of us are afraid of, myself included. We do crossword puzzles or online brain training because we’ve heard that these things keep our brain healthy and active. But, both of these activities preclude us to more sitting and looking down at a book or screen, which we already do most of the time. The brain is a part of our body, so it gets exercised and benefits from movement just like every other part of our body. Movement also helps to cut down on stress which can also affect brain function.
I change my movement and exercise routines every few months to keep my brain challenged and my ego humble. A few years ago I started swimming for the first time in my life and was amazed at how much harder it was to breathe on one side. Last year, Zumba reminded me how to move my hips and just have fun. This month tap classes are proving that my balance and coordination can use some serious help. Each week I try to fit in 4 different types of movement: Zumba, Pilates, tap classes, TRX, Barre, and swimming mixed with long walks around Town Lake. Movement is just that–it does not have to be ‘exercise’. Maybe you garden, restore furniture, play with your kids, commute with your bike…what are some of your favorite ways to move?
Two Guys On Your Head on KUT inspired me to write this post. Listen to their recent podcast on How to Protect Your Brain as You Age.
Shannon Rashap, CPT, M.A. Ed.
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