Brains and Bones

Brains and Bones

Under normal circumstances you typically don’t lose your mind all at once, but by 70 you may start to see age-related brain changes speed up. It is important to focus on mental activities to keep you engaged and stimulated. It is never too late to take up a new hobby, take a class, or visit someplace new.

Your bones start giving up earlier; around 35, bone mass tends to go downhill at a rate of up to 1% per year. For ladies it is even faster after menopause. This is a time to pay attention to bone density, and weight-bearing exercises makes a big difference. There was a study done in 2015 that found simply jumping 20 times twice a day, such as jumping jacks, significantly improved hip-bone mineral density.

As sudden as aging can feel, you don’t wake up in a 100 year-old body without getting some warning signs first. If you know what is coming, you can start today with the extra care to your brain and bones.

 

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Sharlet Briggs, PHD
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