What’s the key to keeping your mind sharp and your brain healthy as you grow older? Online puzzles? Nutritional supplements? Mall walking? Pickle-ball tournaments?
The truth is, there’s no single “miracle cure” for memory problems or other brain changes that come with aging. But there is cause for optimism. Science points to a combination of social factors and healthy habits that—taken together—can help you build, preserve, and protect your brain’s function over time.
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Children and adults need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day to achieve a healthy weight and prevent a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer and stroke. If you or your child is trying to lose weight, getting this activity is essential. Breaking the activity up into 15 minute chunks throughout the day has the same benefits as doing it all at once but can be easier to achieve. Weave fun activities into your day to get exercise while creating a bond with your kids.
Ways to get physically active with your family:
- Try a new physical activity together as a family such as skiing, rock climbing, tennis, or canoeing.
- Go for a bike ride or walk after a family meal.
- Choose physical family activities such as bowling, miniature golf or laser tag over movies and TV.
- Go ice skating year round – check out your local indoor skating rink.
- Enjoy an amusement or water park.
- Rake leaves and jump into the leaf piles!
- Encourage children to join a sports team.
- Give children toys that encourage physical activity like balls, kites, hula hoops, Frisbee and jump ropes.
- Help kids plan neighborhood games of tag, hide and seek, or touch football.
- Limit screen time to two hours per day and keep the TV out of the bedroom.
- Plant a vegetable garden. Planting and maintaining a garden encourages physical activity and kids love to eat the veggies they grow!
Once you get your family moving, remember to drink plenty of zero calorie water before, during and after activities.