Summary: Personal Health Series
Over the course of our blog series on personal health we’ve identified a number of strategies one can take to regain, maintain or improve physical and mental fitness. Herewith is a brief summary of the key take-aways from each of the featured focus areas:
For ideas on maintaining or regaining your physical fitness, be sure to visit the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology website to learn more about the recommended daily activity guidelines. As a general rule, more physical activity results in greater health benefits! If you’re looking for a softer approach that harmoniously blends both the mental and physical dimensions, practising tai chi may well be your ideal solution.
In the Eating well for physical and brain fitness blog we focused on healthy diets that limit foods and beverages high in calories, fat, sugar or salt. You can learn more by visiting the Canada Food Guide website for some excellent tips and ideas on how to design recipes that promote your optimal health.
There are few scientists today who question the plasticity nature of the human brain. It is now a generally accepted medical fact that the brain changes its physical form and function throughout a person’s lifespan. What does surprise many though is learning that cognitive decline or brain aging starts in our mid to late twenties! Click the web link and discover what the four key contributing factors for cognitive decline are.
Sleep as we know is a fundamental human need that consumes about one third of our lives. To get the most out of our slumbering time, please visit our ‘sleeping well’ blog and review the MAYO Clinic’s suggested tips for 7 Steps to a Good Night’s Sleep.
Lastly, be sure to socialize and stay connected with friends. Maintaining rich, meaningful relationships is a key ingredient - along with exercise, good nutrition, and lifelong learning in maintaining cognitive fitness. Feeling part of a community will ultimately add deeper meaning to your life, as you regain the vitality and zest for all the amazing wonders life’s journey has in store for you.