We are all familiar with the popular saying –
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! This is proven by the fact that the creators of this bloghop decided to use a shiny, red apple as the logo.
As a way of promoting good health, in its entirety, I give you my extended version of the above saying –
An apple a day keeps the doctor away; a crossword a day keeps Alzheimer's at bay!
Yes people! While getting healthy involves the process of exercising and developing the muscles in our bodies, the focus shouldn't only be on the physical aspect, but should include mental health as well.
Remember, the neural pathways in our brains are just as important as the physical muscles.
Physical exercise is very important. Different forms of of exercise work for different people. Not every body is cut out to go to the gym, or go running/jogging. I love to dance. That works for me. Every weekend, at my gig, I get the chance to dance. This has physical as well as social benefits, so for me, it's a win-win situation!
Eating "sensibly" is also very important. My motto is "everything in moderation". This involves self-discipline! Why have two slices of cake when you can have one? I also try, in my own little way, to maintain certain good habits: bran flakes or weetbix in the morning; NO fizzy/gassy cooldrinks (yes, that means no Coke at all); a teaspoon of honey a day; garlic is a must in your diet; rooibos tea instead of too much coffee (struggling with this one…)
As I mentioned, mental health is also important! There are numerous simple "brain" exercises that you can perform, to keep you "mentally sharp" as your brain ages. You can work the following into your daily routine, with minimum effort:
1. for improving memory skills – choose a song you don't know and then memorize the lyrics (I do it all the time as part of my work)
2. for improving attention – routine changes work well; vary your route to work or re-organize your desk; combine activities such as listening to an audio book while you jog/fold the laundry.
3. for improving visual-spatial ability – walk into a room and identify five items and where they are located; two hours later, try to remember the items and their exact locations
4. for improving logic-reasoning skills – all you video gamers out there should have no problem in this respect!
If you forget all the above, then here are some simple points!
~ laugh people… laugh till your sides hurt!
~ remember, two pieces of chocolate are better than five pieces… and you'll have left overs for the next day!
~ quit smoking!
~ drink water!
~ read… read… read…
And then there's the issue of psychological, emotional, social health… but that would probably require another two or three bloghops…