According to Ann Brenoff, there are 6 Facts we all need to pay attention to when it comes to aging. In her Huffington Post Fifty article, she writes:
The “use it or lose it” mantra applies to many body parts, including your brain.
“Use it or lose it” has long been our beacon of guidance for all things aging. Keep exercising to keep your bones and muscles strong; don’t exercise and you will become frail faster. And now researchers have linked what we do with our brains with the long-term risk for dementia. Those who are more mentally active or maintain an active cognitive lifestyle throughout their lives are at lower risk, writes Science Daily.
Here’s a crazy thought before you reach for the book of crossword puzzles: Could increased reliance on things like GPS systems and mobile phone address books mean less exercise for the part of your brain that helps you recall things or determine spacial orientation? Instead of turning over your brain functions to a computer, try dialing phone numbers from memory or do your marketing without a list. For extra credit points, figure out how to get somewhere using a map. So retro, right?
And we thought that only applied to sex, right? To read more about aging and what we need to do to slow down the process – 6 Facts About Aging Everyone Should Know — But Doesn’t