The 3 Secrets to Staying Sharp
We all know someone who seems to stay young and sharp even as the years pass by. But did you know that you too can stay sharp as you age? Here are three secrets to help you do just that.
- Prioritise Sleep
Sleep is not just important for your outward appearance, but it also helps keep your mind sharp. This is because sleep is essential for cognitive function and memory processing. As an adult, aim to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. If you struggle with this, try removing distractions from your bedroom, such as the TV or your mobile phone.
- Move More
Movement is critical for keeping your mind young for years to come. It helps deliver the essential oxygen the brain needs to survive and create new pathways. Without this critical element, the brain begins to dull rather quickly. Prioritise exercising each day if possible, but try for no fewer than five times per week. While the exercise should be difficult enough to raise your heart rate, don’t make it too strenuous on yourself—only push yourself as far as you can handle. Even just chores or a walk around the block can be enough to get your heart rate up depending on your physical abilities.
- Maintain Social Connections
Humans are social creatures, so maintaining your social life is an essential part of keeping your brain sharp. This is because you learn things through your relationships with others, and it helps to lower stress and feelings of anxiety. Although maintaining a social circle can be challenging, it’s worth the effort.
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