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Ways to stay mentally and physically active

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | May 18, 2017 9:04 PM

Most people want to improve their health both physically and mentally to increase their lifespan. It's important to make your health a priority to reduce the risk of ailments and improve your cognitive function. When you want to stay both mentally and physically active, there are a few important ways of changing your lifestyle and improving your mood.

Make New Friends

It can be easy to underestimate the power of having good friendships in your life, but making real friends that you don't just communicate with on social media will allow you to have a support system. Make it a point to join find new friends in public settings where you can find like-minded individuals. With the right friendships formed, you'll receive encouragement from those who care about you, which can boost your confidence and allow you to feel cared for in life. Your friends will also be able to point out any areas that need improvement in your life to ensure that you thrive according to thejoint.com.

Schedule Time to Rest

Many people make the mistake of not making rest a priority due to busy schedules and routines, but resting is essential to recharge both mentally and physically. After you workout, rest your muscles to help your body recuperate to give them time to rebuild their strength. You can rest mentally by taking a day or two off of work on the weekends and enjoying entertainment to avoid the burnout that can cause sleep disruptions. You'll also want to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night or schedule a 20-minute nap in the afternoon to boost your energy levels.

Become a Visionary

According to mamashealth.com, becoming a visionary is essential to sharpen your brain and reduce the risk of mental disorders as you age. Make it a point to visualize your goals and your dreams each day, which will help you to stay motivated and work towards a higher quality of life. You can also write down both short- and long-term goals. Make a list of the goals and place it in an area that you frequent to ensure that you're reminded to continue working hard.

Practice Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness will allow you to stay in the moment instead of becoming distracted by the past or future. According to Mecola.com, mindfulness makes it easy to release negative thoughts and avoid living with regret, which will make it easy to become more positive. 

Exercise Regularly

Exercise three to five times each week to maintain an active lifestyle that allows you to lose weight and increase your blood circulation throughout the body. Shoot for at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week to increase your heart rate and use your body weight as resistance. Change your routine throughout the week to avoid becoming bored with exercising. You can participate in a dance class, ride a bike, jog, join a yoga class, and play different types of sports.

Finding a partner will help you to have accountability with your workout routine and stick to your schedule. You can also consider using rebounders from a company like Needak Rebounder to begin jumping and improving your muscle strength in your legs. The activity can also improve your balance and allow you to enjoy a new form of exercise that is upbeat and fun.

Learn a New Skill

Learning a new skill or language can allow you to expand your mind and stay engaged. You can consider going back to school or learning how to speak Spanish or French. Other activities to try include photography, painting, and learning a new instrument, which can allow you to practice a hobby that helps you to have more fun in life. 

Community centers also offer classes throughout the month where you can join other adults in different activities that help you to socialize and continue learning in a group setting.

Practice Meditation

You can also boost your brain power by practicing meditation, which can alleviate any chronic stress that can have an adverse impact on the brain. Develop a meditation practice that allows you to practice the activity for 10 to 20 minutes each day in a quiet setting. The meditation can also be paired with breath-focused activities that include Tai Chi and yoga.

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