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The Importance of Keeping Your Brain Active as You Get Older

You know to stay physically active because it keeps your bones and muscles strong and healthy as you get older. However, did you know that it’s just as important to keep your brain active as you age? Studies show that an active brain can help ward off such diseases as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Keep reading for everything you need to know.

When to Start

It’s a good idea to keep your brain active from the very beginning, but studies show that it’s especially important during your mid-life years, between the ages of 40 and 65. It’s vital to keep your brain healthy, along with your body by engaging in a variety of activities that keep both active.

Thinking Activities

One of the best ways to keep your brain active is to use and challenge it as much as you can. This strengthens the brain’s cells and also encourages new connections, which offers a sort of “back-up” for when brain cells start to die. Talking to friends and family members, learning to play an instrument, painting, and crafting are great ideas. Online stimulation can be fun, with options like playing card games such as solitaire and poker, or the free games that come pre-installed on your laptop/computer. There’s also taking a class in photography, woodworking or something else that interests you.

Physical Fitness

Keeping your body physically fit also helps protect the brain. Aim for 30 minutes most days of the week. Dancing, biking, jogging, and swimming are good options. Staying at a healthy weight keeps your blood pressure in check, which is also good for brain health.

Eat Right

Your diet is another important part of good brain health. Avoid junk food as much as possible and focus on omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, vegetables, and a variety of foods from each of the food groups. Also, be sure you get a regular check-up to assess your brain health each year.

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A Little Ray of Sunshine

In the 1980s, scientists and doctors began to piece together the effects of sunlight on our minds and bodies. Initially, it was Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD); the study of the effect reduced daylight has on our physical and mental wellbeing. Since those early days, ongoing research into the value of natural daylight and fresh air in the workplace, has led to the redesign of new commercial properties and the updating of others.

Not only do we need daylight for our daily dose of vitamin D. Natural light in the workplace reduces sick days, heightens creativity, improves productivity and increases the overall wellbeing of staff. So how do we get increased natural light into our offices, warehouses and factories?

Lighting up The Office

It’s no coincidence that increasing amounts of glass are being included in new commercial buildings. With the advances in glass production, no longer do large volumes of glass equate to the greenhouse effect. Stiflingly hot in summer, and cold in the winter. Sheet glass can now be manufactured which reflects the sun’s hot rays back into the atmosphere, while keeping the office at a pleasant work temperature.

For older buildings, replacing small existing windows and adding larger windows will lighten up the work area as well as the mind. Adding skylights, going open-plan and knocking down interior walls to allow available light to penetrate further into the building, will all help. It’s also very disruptive, time consuming and costly.

Let the Sun Shine In

From the very early days, fibre optic cables have been used to transmit natural light from source to destination. Now, with all the research into the benefits of natural light, fibre optics are being used to get daylight to the darkest corners of the workplace. In combination with solar collectors that track the sun, natural light can now penetrate deep into a building.

If you are interested in increased productivity and happier staff, take a closer look at the use of fibre optic cables, and add a little sunshine to your office.

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How to Beat Boredom When You’re Bedbound

If you have ever been injured, you know how much this can impact your everyday routine. Even basic things that, under normal circumstances, require little to no effort can prove a daunting prospect. If you’ve been ordered to rest, another thing that can be hard to deal with is the sheer boredom. So, how can we cope with our recovery period, without losing the plot?

Find a New Favourite TV Show

TV production values have skyrocketed in the past fifteen years, and the choice of great shows out there is endless. If you’re the kind of person who normally doesn’t have time for TV, or feels guilty watching too much, take advantage of your enforced convalescence to indulge yourself.

Watch the Classics

As you’re not going to be ticking off any bucket-list items from your sick bed, why not watch some must-see classics instead? Next time there’s a debate about whether Citizen Cane really is the best movie of all time, you’ll be able to venture your own informed opinion.

Learn a New Game

Watching TV and movies is relaxing, but we need to keep an active mind as well. Once it was only really possible to play Solitaire if you were home alone and laid up, but thanks to online casinos, we can now go and play plenty of competitive card and table games. Exploit this time to learn a new skill game to keep your mind sharp, and you may even get good enough to win some money on the poker tables.

Ultimately, it is helpful to think of this time as a sort of gift. Use it to do things that you usually wouldn’t have time for, spoil yourself without feeling ashamed. When you’re back on your feet, you may even miss your recovery days a little. After all, when will you get the chance to be so lazy again?

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