On this New Year’s Eve, a time when we tend to inflict some abuse on our poor bodies & brains, I thought it might be a good time to flash back & focus on our mental fitness.
Staying mentally fit is crucial so that we (the royal) can think more clearly in stressful situations & are generally able to remember things better (MizFit is all about the brain health for this reason. Lately I make it to the grocery only to forget why Im there in the first place. G-d forbid I make a list—-but that’s a lament for a different post.).
In the long term a a’fit brain’ has been shown to help prevent illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers.
Thankfully it’s as easy as the acronym B.R.A.I.N to keep your head young even though your bod (*sigh*) may be aging at a swifter rate than youd like (another reason to take it easy on the drinking tonight? MizFit would never be one to point that out.):
Be positive. Start by practicing turning your negative thoughts (“I hate the morning traffic”) into positive ones (“I love listening to music during my commute”) until that becomes your default mindset.
Remain active. Now when you’re tempted to skip a workout remind yourself it’s not just about looking good today but cruising cognitively sharp into your twilight years.
Add in new experiences and don’t become complacent. Try a new hobby! Drive a DIFFERENT way home from work! Learn a second or third language! Stuck for exercise ideas? This blogger is ALWAYS filled with fab suggestions.
Interact. In the era of the internet we aren’t the social creatures we used to be. It’s great to have ‘netfriends but important to get out there and socialize in the real world as well! Studies show married people and people with a network of friends live longer. This social network is exercise for your brain, too.
Nutrition. Most important is to eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These are viewed as essential fatty acids yet, ironically, ones which cannot be manufactured by our body. Cold water fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines are a few examples) and flax seeds are two easy ways to add this good fat into your diet. Avocados are also good brain food. This fruit, packed with healthy fat, actually helps to stimulate flow of blood to the brain. (need a laugh? please check out this FLAX POST. It was from my first two weeks of MizFit & something I shall never, ever rewatch.)
OK, obviously this is the short version of a topic about which I could yammer forever due to its importance.
Bumbling Band? Any other crucial brain-tips Ive failed to include?
Any plans for tonight you’d care to share? Hangover hints you wanna lay on us so we have ’em at the ready for tomorrow?
Please to hit us all up in the comments.