Health

Let’s Play

August 17, 2017

What is greater than God?
More evil than the devil?
The poor have it,
The rich want it,
And if you eat it you’ll die!?

Yep…it is a brain teaser!

As people live longer, moving your body, eating well, and looking good have all become top priorities.

What are you doing to keep your brain strong??

My friend, Maria Shriver, started Move for Minds™ after her father passed away from Alzheimer’s. Did you know that every 66 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s? Her website, thewomensalzheimersmovement.org, focuses on women’s health; however, I believe her mission makes everyone aware of the importance of brain health.

As a girl that loves games and sports AND is left handed, I have had many people tell me I am clever. I also use my right hand, which I credit to learning to play tennis, golf, and fish with my right hand. Try using your non-dominant  hand for a day. Writing, answering your phone, and opening the fridge with your non-dominant hand makes your brain think differently from how you have been programmed.

Cards, board games, and music are terrific ways to exercise your brain too! Did you know that music shares brain mechanics with memory, attention, language, perception and motor control? Listening to music CAN be beneficial to your brain.

Safe America offers Brain Camp for kids designed to show the consequences of choices on the road, at school, in sports, and in life. It is a half-day event designed to get kids to THINK about their actions as they merge into young adults.

I am sure you know where I am going with this. What I like most is the socialization factor, which is REALLY helpful for your brain!!  If you’re not up for joining a club, have a game night with your family or do a puzzle together. Laughing, sharing, and figuring things out together is also, yes, good for the brain.

I have often said older people and kids make good playmates! It’s true.

If you’re not up for family game night, how about a crossword puzzle or sudoku? A game of solitaire?

They say use it or lose it!

You’re never too young or too old to develop new brain pathways, so get going!

All my love,

Randy

P.S. The answer to the brain teaser above is “NOTHING”

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