We’ve all pictured the stereotype of the busy, older worker who retires, sits around the house watching TV and then dies within a few short years. The thinking is that without something to do, people just sort of wind down until they stop.
While that might be a bit cliche, there is evidence to suggest that an active body helps you keep an active mind as you age.
The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog reports that Arizona researchers discovered that the effects of aging on the brain can be slowed is people maintain an active lifestyle.
Decreased brain activity that comes with aging is inevitable, researchers say, but it can be held off longer with a steady diet of aerobic activity.
I’ve often told people that I hope to still be hiking, running, lifting weights and playing in the mountains well into my old age. My guess is that living actively now is a key to not only being able to do that later, but also keeping my mind sharp and healthy.
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