I often look in the mirror and wonder what brought me this far. The face and white hair tell me I’m 88 years old! What happened to the energetic young guy who captained the state champ college swim team and taught lifesaving drills in the Navy?
Positive Attitude I’ve survived two wars, marriage, kids, a busy career and several heart valve surgeries. Now, I’ve made the positive choice to keep going independently for as long as I can. This requires daily activities to maintain both mental and physical health.
Physical Exercise I believe one reason for continued good physical and mental health is daily exercise. I do morning push-ups and take a one-hour hike, which includes several periods of fast-paced walking. I enjoy the nearby park greenery, and that adds to my positive mental attitude.
Brain Exercises For Business A busy schedule of mental work is at least as important as keeping my body active. During a long career in advertising and public relations, I had to meet daily work deadlines. Nearly 25 years after retiring, I’m still doing it today.
I’m at my desktop computer at least six hours a day, creating articles for my own senior travel blog, travel4seniors. Since ending my career job, I’ve traveled throughout the U.S. Canada, Mexico and South America, as well as to many European and Asian countries. My daily writing requires considerable research to maintain accuracy and timeliness. Additionally, as digital photography, computers and the internet grow in sophistication, I hone my creative skills. The complex technical challenges are great brain exercises.
Brain Exercises For Relaxation Beyond my busy work schedule and deadlines, I apply computer skills to less challenging activities. When planning a trip, I scan websites of hotels, airlines, cruise lines and travel agencies for best schedules and prices. With no fixed daily schedule, I can take advantage of bargains. I maintain regular online correspondence with family and friends, as well as classmates and shipmates. It’s a healthy and relaxing brain exercise to read and write daily and engage others on Facebook, Twitter and other websites. I’ve have over 1,600 followers on my @travel4seniors Twitter page and enjoy meeting new people and learning new things there.
Why I Continue To Exercise My Brain Several years ago, after heart surgery threatened to slow me down, I visited a senior care center. After a tour, I was told by the activities director how elderly residents had access to a busy schedule of lectures, movies, field trips and museum visits. However, despite the promises, the stark reality was all around me. The hallways were lined with motionless seniors in chairs and wheelchairs. They just sat and stared into nothingness. It appeared that each wore an arm or leg bandage, indicating recent falls or other injuries. As long as I can exercise my brain and body every day, I won’t let that happen to me.
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