Just having read a neuroscience study about “superaging, count me in. I can still remember names and write articles. So far, so good. But what do the neuroscientists say are the activities that keep us mentally nimble like a 25 year old? And is that it? Is “superaging” only about playing bridge at 85 or just warding off dementia?
I like what the neuroscientists say though. They espouse the old “work ethos,” but this time it’s working on yourself. It follows the universal eco-principle of “use it or lose it.”
To stay mentally fit, it’s not playing Sudoku (unless you want to be good at Sudoku). It’s about pushing your thinking mind. Neuroscience is on the right path, but from my experience of working at being a “superager,” it’s using your “whole brain.” This includes applying the mental faculties of creative and analytical thinking, picturing the past while imagining the future, and exercising the intuitive and emotional parts of our intelligence.
As part of mental fitness, sustain your “EQ,” which in addition to being mindful of emotions, it’s “emotional fitness.” For a real energizer workout, express your feelings with gusto the way a bird cries an alarm or chirps a love ballad. It’s a “sonic tonic.” Do your “CQ,” which is the intelligence of actively following your curiosity. And be “intuactive” – spontaneously act on intuitive impulses which are located in the emotional part of your forebrain. This all means not to get sedated with the same old thinking and way of thinking. Grow your brain, which in fact occurs when your work it out holistically by as much sounding as thinking, and feeling your way along as much as logic would have it.
The super secret of “superaging” is to not be sedated by a sedentary lifestyle. Neuroscientists have come to the conclusion that to keep the mind alert and attentive, you must move the body. Even psychologists recognize that “sedentary behavior disorder” is a pathology. A workout a day keeps the shrink away. But what kind of workout? Actually, the “fountain of youth” is right under your nose. It’s conscious breathing in harmony with physical movement. Study after study has declared that aerobic workouts with intentional heavy and rapid breath make you creative, more intelligent, and a quick learner. Just going for a walk, but walking fast and breathing hard, is the single greatest habit and practice to follow. Your brain gets younger because it grows new brain cells and it has changed my life.
Don’t be one of those 50% who join a gym but then don’t go. The best to keep working out is to get the endorphin hormones to kick in. Exercising hard gives you the “feel good” sensation gives you a healthy and natural opioid craving for it’s ecstatic high!
The “superager” grows young mentally, emotionally, physically. It takes “attitude” for sustaining youthfulness by working out your whole self! It seems like work and it is, but the key to this entire path is motivation! This to me means “inspiration” – in-spirited and infused with the life force, which is inherent within us to keep growing to fulfill our life purpose and potential to be all that we can be. All of nature, except for us humans, do their very best to be who they are. We however, get complacent and conflicted. As I say, it’s “death by comfort.” so get going to work on yourself to do your “lifework” and harvest yourself, ike all of nature, to become more resourceful, richer, and sustainable. Become better with age into a sage. This takes a “breakout” from the concept of retired life into a state of “refirement.”
To get energized and re-energized to live the full life, turn on the power of your mind. Exercise your imagination to picture your healthy, enlivened self years in your future. Feel it in your heart and throughout your body. Believe and affirm this in your thoughts. Take action. This has been my superager “wholistic” formula – see it, feel it, believe it, do it, expect it. It’s the magic elixir.
Remember, not only are we our thoughts, our feelings, our actions, we are the people we live and socialize with. To stay young of heart and spirit, body, and mind develop a circle of fellow life-enthusiasts, seekers, explorers, creatives.
JAMES WANLESS, PH.D. is 74 years-young who authors, speaks, and counsels. He is the author of “The Sustain Ability,” an eco-psychologist who has created Sustain Yourself green wisdom cards, corporate trainer with Intuition@Work, and human potential mentor with his best-selling Voyager tarot Life-Master cards.
There’s alot to agree with in this study and
I am doing what the article says and more. According to the latest studies of our brain, it shows that by certain activities, we actually grow more neurons, which leads to a longer “wellthy” life.
At 74, it’s so far so good.
It’s getting fit for life, work out your brain and body. Use it or lose it.
Because I am more creative, more motivated, more mobile, more purposeful, more profitable, more passionate than ever before.
Conscientious stanford study
which first means loving life!
My brain is more creative, my heart is more motivated, my body is mobile, and I am inspired. I love life.
Work yourself… use it or lose it.
Fit for Life
Physically…. Aerobic walk, no sedentary behavior
Mentally… harvest what you know and keep creating
Emotional Fitness. Express emotions which put us into motion
Spiritual purpose of growth to be you and all of you.
The life force of curiosity, exploration
Make work you.. Harvest you!
Productive and useful to the end.. Nature.