And then in our Sunday newspaper came this little "Parade" magazine, which I always love to peruse on a lazy Sunday afternoon. But I was too busy writing my soliloquy on aging to take time to read the paper. It got shoved under the end table beside my chair, and I didn't pick it up until this morning before getting dressed for work. "Parade" Magazine is the closest thing to a tabloid that I ever read. It's pretty benign, and usually has some good articles. The one that caught my eye was entitled, "Live Longer & Better" by Gretchen Reynolds. It's actually a quiz to see if you know "what it takes to enjoy a healthy old age." I've attached a link here so you can take the quiz for yourself! Parade Magazine Live Longer & Better Quiz , January 27, 2013.
The first question is what got my attention...
- "Which of these is most likely to improve your memory after age 50?" The choices are:
- a. Solving crossword or sudoku puzzles
- b. Going on regular walks
- c. Taking ginkgo biloba supplements.
|Our walking path|
I know not everyone has bird sanctuaries and bears and a national forest right outside their windows to look at, but most of us can find something green and beautiful to feast our eyes upon if we try. Maybe combine these two particular ideas and take frequent walks in the park or the woods or wherever you have some "natural, outdoorsy scenes" to enjoy. If it will actually enable you to improve your memory and feel younger...wouldn't that be worth the extra effort?
Now, my friend Susie over at Recovering Church Lady might find quiz question #9 particularly interesting:
9. "What's the best way to motivate yourself to be physically active after age 40?"
- a. Join a gym
- b. Adopt a dog
- c. Cut out a photo of first lady Michelle Obama's biceps
- d. Hire a personal trainer.
| There's my walking buddy, way ahead of me!|
I'm the one lagging behind, smelling the flowers and watching for bears.
The Jingle Bells are for the bears, not me...to warn them that we're "out there",
so they better stay hidden!
So, my friends, let's get up off our comfy computer chairs/couches, go throw open the curtains and let the sunshine in, put on our walking shoes, and get outside and improve our brains, feel younger, and stay healthier longer!
I feel smarter and better already! How about you???