“The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe.” – Michio Kaku
Let’s get more use out of this most complicated object; from what I hear, it holds the key to a healthy long life!
I am happy to celebrate birthdays, I will never lie about my age (48) but I am not going out without a fight!
Research indicates that the more we participate in life, engage our bodies and our minds, challenge ourselves to try new things, the more vibrant and fulfilling our years will be. Here are 3 things you can do this week (and every week) to feel and live younger:
- Work out with (heavy) weights. Our youngest son, age 17, and I have been lifting together recently and it has challenged me physically and mentally. I am told that “older” women should lift light weights to keep muscle tone. To hell with that! I am lifting more now than I did when I was 20 and it shows. Please find someone who can train you properly and who will push you harder and further than you (or they) imagined possible.
- Learn new skills. I have been taking a marketing class from one of the top MBA programs in the world, for free. It is demanding, interesting, inspiring and an energy booster. I use Coursera but there are other options, many of them offering great subjects and really simple ways to expand your knowledge and engage your brain.
- Practice using your memory; it’s a ‘muscle’ – the more you use it the stronger it gets. Instead of taking your list to the grocery store, try to memorize it and go shopping without it. (It takes time but is worth the effort). When you have a “senior” moment, give yourself time to access the deeper caverns of your memory rather than giving up or looking something up online. Even those games where you test your memory are great options.
When we push ourselves to learn something new, to think harder, to work in a challenging way, we commit to a life of joy and abundance, a life where we get to participate fully for as long as we can. I for one want to push my brain to new levels of learning and experience; please join me.