Improve Your Memory: Keep Moving

Have you read the Blue Zones by longevity expert  Dan Buettner? He has researched communities around the world and highlights 4 geographic areas showing how their lifestyle choices including diet, exercise, outlook and a sense of community contribute to the the longevity of some of the oldest people on the planet.

People who are able to remain active can derive many health benefits. Whether you are trying to maintain or lose weight, improve your energy level, sleep better or manage a medical condition, exercise is often recommended. Another benefit is to your memory by increasing blood flow to your brain. Think of the times when someone wanted you to do something and you were too tired. They finally convinced you, and once you started moving around that fatigue seemed to go away.

Finding time during the day to exercise for many people seems to be a challenge with busy schedules and obligations. You are probably not alone if you used to exercise, took a break for whatever reasons, and never got back in your routine.

Dan Buettner offers suggestions on how to get moving again, suggesting something as simple as inconveniencing yourself. Take the stairs, park your car in a space much farther away, clean up the yard,  take the longer walk to a store or speed walk when doing errands.

Several months ago I noticed my windows needed to be washed. Too cold to go outside now and I was really just procrastinating. Last week when on a personal phone call I  washed a couple of windows. Once that was accomplished I decided to dust the books on the shelves in my office fora change. It won’t disturb the call and that kind of multitasking is not stressful. I will get a little more exercise that just sitting and in the end I will save myself some time when cleaning day comes around.

TO DO THIS WEEK:

Each day try to create some extra exercise out of an everyday activity.  Have some fun with it and keep moving. Then take 5 or 10 minutes to do some other type of exercise, perhaps dancing or lifting some free weights. A little bit more each week can eventually help you get that 30 minute daily workout.

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.  Carol Welch

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About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters (www.memoryfitnessmatters.com) and Communication Connection(www.connectionsincommunication.com). She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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