We all want to stay in shape as we age. Staying in shape doesn't just mean keeping a lean body and having good muscle tone. It also means having a sharp mind. Keeping active, both mentally and physically, goes a long way toward keeping your mind young. Here are four tips, courtesy of the Huffington Post, to stay in good mental shape.
1. Watch nature documentaries.
Studies have shown that people who watch nature documentaries have less stress and greater quality of life.
2. Keep cholesterol levels in check.
Elevated cholesterol may put you at a greater risk for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Also, staying a healthy weight may reduce mental decline. One study found that obese middle-aged people experience a more rapid mental decline than those who aren't obese.
3. Take care of your teeth.
One study shows good oral health meant a lower risk of dementia. An 18 year study of 5,500 older people found that those who brushed their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to get dementia than those who brush daily.
4. Drink green tea.
Green tea may boost cognitive abilities. Green tea is full of flavonoids, which may positively impact brain function.
Walking is a great activity to stay fit and keep your mind young! Bethany Village will once again have a team in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's on September 28 at University of Dayton. Click to signup and join our team!
The Miami Valley chapter of the Alzheimer's Association put together a detailed document regarding the two mile walk and watch the video below for a sign-up tutorial.