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3 ways to boost your brain and enjoy your life

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Contributed by Cedar Creek Senior Living in Madera

Seniors, you can boost your aging brains by engaging in certain daily activities along with exercising regularly and adding a few items to your diets. Each day offers up opportunities to make choices. Enjoy life uncomplicated.

The following are three ways to boost your brain and enjoy your life.

  1. Read, play games, craft, compute — Yes, all these activities exercise your brain. Read books and magazines and play games like Sudoku, crossword puzzles and Bingo. Computer activities, even just web surfing, also help. Say yes when your grandchildren offer to show you around Facebook!.
  2. Exercise regularly — 30 minutes a day, four to five days a week. A brisk walk certainly makes you feel more alert and focused. But does physical activity really benefit your brain? Yes, say researchers. A University of South Carolina study found that a physically exercised brain showed increases of mitochondrial development, meaning brain cells become revitalized. This translates to sharpened thinking and reduced mental fatigue. Water aerobics is a great summer activity to add to your routine. And an early morning stroll, listening to the birds, saying hello to neighbors and breathing in the cooler morning air is a terrific start to any day.
  3. Eat healthy, particularly fish and green leafy veggies. Think spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, and kale. Other foods high in omega-3 are Atlantic salmon, Pacific herring, halibut, walnuts, kiwi, soybeans, flax seed oil and pumpkin seeds. Eating seasonally makes sense as well. In Madera County we are fortunate to have several fresh produce stands. Ripe and economical fruits and vegetables grown right here in our neighborhood enable us to enjoy fresh and nutritious choices.

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