Improve Cognitive Health by Staying Active

Jan 11, 2022 | Cognitive Health, Healthy Living

Announcing my 2022 Cognitive Health Series!

When we think of ways to live a healthy life, we mainly focus on our physical health – how we feel and look, what we eat, and how we move our bodies. But what about our cognitive health?

The CDC reports an estimated 20% of seniors express concern regarding their mental health, most commonly citing cognitive impairment, anxiety and depression. The good news is there are many things we can do to improve our odds!

Beginning this month, I will feature a blog series devoted to sharing ways to protect and increase your cognitive health. I will share fun ways to improve your memory, your ability to complete mental functions and much more.

Stay Active to Boost Brain Health and More!

To kick off our series, we are going to discuss the positive effects of staying active!

According to the CDC, “physical activity can improve your cognitive health – helping you think, learn, problem-solve, and enjoy an emotional balance. It can improve memory and reduce anxiety or depression.”

“Regular physical activity can also reduce your risk of cognitive decline, including dementia. Studies have found that cognitive decline is almost twice as common among adults who are inactive compared to those who are active.”

“Most adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity weekly. This can be broken into 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. In addition to improving brain health, following these recommendations for physical activity can help you sleep and feel better, lose weight, reduce your risk of 20 chronic health conditions including heart disease and some cancers, and add years to your life!”

Ideas for Staying Active

There are many ways we can move our bodies and stay active in fun ways. Here is an inspiring list of ideas to get you started!

  • Walk the dog – Fresh air with your companion is good for both of you!

  • Dance – Turn on the music and dance at home, or join a dance class!

  • Ride your bike – A quick 20-minute ride can energize your day!

  • Walk more during your errands – Park farther away from stores, and take the stairs vs. the elevator!

  • Pair exercise with watching TV – March in place or do some squats during commercials!

  • Stretch more – Stand up and stretch every 20-30 minutes you are sitting.

  • Walk while on the phone – Walk around during conference calls or calls with family and friends!

  • Do more household chores – Turn on some upbeat music & burn calories while tidying up!

  • Join a gym or fitness center – Swim, lift weights and sign up for group classes!

Benefit Reminder: Gym or Fitness Center Membership

Did you know most Medicare health plans include a membership to a gym or fitness center near you? Start the year off right by focusing on your physical and cognitive health. Make it more fun by working out with a friend or by signing up for group classes!

I invite you to call me at 912-269-4755 to see if you are eligible for a healthcare plan that offers a gym membership. I look forward to connecting with you!

Be sure to check out next month’s newsletter for another great cognitive health tip!

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