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Aging And Declining Strength. Are You Slowing Down Physically And Mentally?

Updated on August 06, 2016
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Audrey's passion for serving others is magnified in her self-help writings. As a speaker and author she answers the call when needed.

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What Is A Neuron?

A neuron is a nerve cell. This cell processes information through electrical and chemical signals. Neurons connect to each other to form neural networks. Neurons are the core components of the nervous system. They include the brain, the spinal cord and the central nervous system as well as the ganglia of the peripheral nervous system.

Specialized types of neurons include: sensory neurons, sensory organs, motor neurons and interneurons.

Declining Strength As We Age. Use It Or Lose It

We've all heard the saying, "use it or lose it." This applies to both the physical and the mental areas of the body. So are you finding that as you age you are slowing down both physically and mentally?

At UCLA, recent research demonstrated that exercise increased the growth factors in the brain - making it easier for the brain to grow new neuronal connections. Pay attention to the word "neuron" because these little guys play a most important role. They are the reason why your body must be used both physically and mentally regularly.

The deterioration of our abilities occurs due to disuse, and this law applies to both your mental and physical abilities-to chess as much as tennis.

We blame our decline in strength and stamina on age while it's actually due to disuse. When we slow down, it gets harder to pick up the pace again, so we slow down even more.

The February 2003 Journal of Gerontology also showed that those who are physically fit had less age-related brain-tissue shrinkage than those less active. This alone should give us the motivation we need to be more active.

Whether we decide to take a short walk 2 times a day or join a water-aerobics class the important issue is to get our bodies moving. I recently joined a Ti Chai class at our local YMCA. Although I enjoy this form of exercise I learned that some of the movements were hard on my knees. I'm learning to modify those movements to avoid knee pain. Be sure you do only what your body will tolerate if you take part in group activities.

Structure of a Typical Neuron

Neuron - (peripheral nervous system)
Neuron - (peripheral nervous system) | Source

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Is Age A Factor For Slowing Down Physically and Mentally

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Why We Slow Down Both Physically and Mentally

The reason we lose it and slow down is simple. We just don't use our body and brain as much as we once did. Much of the decline in strength and stamina that we blame on age is actually due to disuse. When we slow down, it gets harder to pick up the pace again. So the natural tendency is to slow down even more. Sound familiar?

We absolutely must continually challenge ourselves with a variety of activities such as:

  • Playing the piano
  • Shooting pool
  • Learning a foreign language
  • Exercise - Walking, running, hiking,swimming, biking, stretching or pilates. And housework counts too.
  • Learning to knit.
  • Acting in a play
  • Brain Games

Drawing of Purkinje cells (A) and granule cells (B) from pigeon cerebellum by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, 1899; Instituto Cajal, Madrid, Spain.
Drawing of Purkinje cells (A) and granule cells (B) from pigeon cerebellum by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, 1899; Instituto Cajal, Madrid, Spain. | Source

The Brain Is A Learning Machine

The brain is a learning machine. It wants to continually be taught something new. We need to feed it daily with a challenge of some sort. Part of the brain is devoted to learning, striving to meet challenges and dealing with frustration. Another part of the brain takes care of establishing habits and routines. If we let one part atrophy, its functions are then taken over by areas that are used more.

We must keep challenging ourselves and continue to learn new skills. If we neglect to do this, a part of the brain goes quiet and brain activity shifts to it's humdrum mode. The more we let ourselves just sit around, failing to try a new challenge, the harder it will be to reactivate that part of our brain.

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Learning New Skills

Each time we learn a new skill we have to practice in order to learn. Practicing is how we progress from step one, the beginning of learning, to the final step. Finding the time to learn and maintain a skill in the midst of our busy lives can be a challenge. But it's important to remember that in midlife and beyond, we get the most benefit from the first small effort.

As we practice our skills, even just a little each week, we are exercising the capacities that are important to us. And practicing many of our skills, just a little bit, is more important than concentrating on just one or two.

Remember the neurons we talked about in the beginning of this article? (If not, I suggest going back and review this section.) When we practice, these neurons actually grow microscopic filaments to connect to one another. This is a process known as arborization. When we stop practicing, these connections wither away.

So every time we learn new skills or master new areas of knowledge, our neurons get busy and secrete growth hormones that foster arborization. This, then, stimulates their growth as well as the growth of their neighbors.

The more connections between neurons are formed, the more we learn and the more information we retain.

Free Diaphragmatic Breathing Lesson

Everyone enters this world using diaphragmatic breathing. As babies, when ever we inhale, the abdominal wall and lower ribcage will inflate. This a completely natural action. All animals also breathe by using this valuable muscle.

It's time to re-learn this natural way of breathing. This easy step-by-step article teaches you how with supporting photos.



How To Inhale and Exhale Air

Inhale by inflating the lower ribcage and abdominal wall.  Do this simultaneously.  Notice where my hand is placed in the photo.  Breathe through the nose to inhale and exhale  slowly through the mouth. Use a hissing sound.
Inhale by inflating the lower ribcage and abdominal wall. Do this simultaneously. Notice where my hand is placed in the photo. Breathe through the nose to inhale and exhale slowly through the mouth. Use a hissing sound. | Source

Increasing Much Needed Oxygen To The Brain

The brain weighs about 3 pounds and consumes as much as 20% of the oxygen and glucose taken in by the body. Blood flow is the single most important thing for the brain. We need large volumes of blood, constantly delivered to the brain. This is how we maintain proper brain function.

Whenever there is any type of interruption in the delivery of blood to our brain this can lead very quickly to disorientation, dizziness and other problems including unconsciousness.

NACD (National Association For Child Development) reports that our brain needs to be fed well (no junk food people.) We also need to do everything possible to get the best circulation of blood to the brain.

One way to increase oxygen and circulation is by breathing. But you must breathe the right way. For oxygenation, breathing must be done using the diaphragmatic muscle. The column on the right contains a link which explains how to breathe correctly.

NACD suggests the following :

When we breathe normally and deeply into our belly, we move air and oxygen down to areas of our lungs where most of the circulation of blood is. This is where most oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange takes place. If we don’t learn to breathe naturally with our diaphragm muscle, we do not get the proper amount of oxygen into our blood to be carried to our brain and body parts.

If we breathe through our mouth, we do not rebreathe the stored carbon dioxide and nitric oxide that help circulate blood to the brain in order to oxygenate brain cells. Remember, the carbon dioxide and nitric oxide open up blood vessels in the brain so we can get proper oxygen levels in our brain. Nitric oxide helps dilate blood vessels in our lungs so that we can get good circulation there for exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Challenge Both Your Brain And Your Body

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4 Facts About Your Brain And Oxygen

  • The brain uses three times as much oxygen as muscles in the body do?
  • Brain cells are very sensitive to decreases in oxygen levels and don't survive or function very well without it.
  • Short walks throughout the day will increase your circulation and oxygen to the brain better than hard, longer walks. Forced walks or runs, while good for you, cause your muscles to absorb much of the oxygen in your system which hinders the oxygen being carried to your brain.
  • It's better to breathe through your nose under normal conditions than it is your mouth.

Exercises For Balance, Strength and Cardio For Physical And Mental Fitness

Balance
Cardio
Strength
Tai Chi
Walking
Light Weights
* Standing on One Leg
Biking
Exercise Bands
Core Exercises
Swimming
Core Exercises
* Stand up straight, feet together and arms at your side. Lift the right foot a few inches off the floor, bending the knee slightly and balance the left leg. Hold this position for as long as you can. Five seconds is a good start. Your goal is 30

Summary

  • As we age, it's natural to slow down both physically and mentally. For the most part, this begins around the age of forty. However, the decline in our brain and body, occur mostly because of disuse. No matter what age we are, we absolutely must use the brain and body.
  • Brain cells fire off commands to muscles. Skills such as playing the piano, learning a foreign language, along with daily exercise such as walking continue to challenge both the brain and the body. Keep your neurons busy.
  • Learn diaphragmatic breathing to better supply oxygen to the brain.
  • If you've been inactive for a while, start off with simple activities around the house like vacuuming, mopping the floor or even polishing the furniture.
  • Take your dog for a leisurely walk, wearing good shoes to protect your feet and help with balance.
  • Exercise effects the brain. It increases heart rate which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It stimulates growth of new connections with the brain.
  • Physical exercise reorganizes the brain so that it's more resilient to stress.
  • Singing is a physical effect which releases endorphins (the brains feel-good chemicals.)

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”

Betty Friedan (1921-2006)

Dr. Oz Shares His Thoughts On Aging

I love reading your comments.

Thank you for being here. I welcome your comments, questions or suggestions Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Happy health to you.

© 2014 Audrey Hunt

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Very good information here, vocalcoach. Although I do a lot of running around between my business, church, block club, tai chi, writing, etc, I still feel like I'm slowing down. I can't seem to keep up in the brain or physically as much as I used to. I think it's a combination of overload and age. But I definitely can add exercise to my routine. Thanks for increasing awareness on the subject. Voted up and useful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I completely agree with your suggestions in this hub. We must keep on using our brain and body, to remain active. This is the only way to prevent a slow down physically and mentally as we age.

      As we age a certain degeneration is inevitable, but if we stop being active, very soon it will be difficult to perform even small tasks by ourselves.

      Very useful and informative hub! Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wonderful points and a great amount of truth in them. I know this to be true. I am fighting the aging process, and making sure I at least slow it down a bit. It's not easy but it is worth it. Thanks for bringing this to the forefront and talking about it.

      love,

      bill

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a great and timely article. I have been finding myself slowing down lately and it is very scary. My mother used to say "my feet up and go, got up and went!" Thank you for all the great tips! Up, interesting and useful!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Exercise is a key method for staying young on the inside and outside. I know I should do more of it.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I didn't use to think that getting older caused people to slow down, until I got older! There is a definite difference in the way my body functions now versus how it used to! I am sure that inactivity only speeds up the slowing down process. It is much more difficult to get myself moving (and motivated) now than it used to be! Thanks for the incentive!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Well written hub with some very important information. Thank you. Jamie

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I fully agree, if we don't use it we lose it. I am active, i've always been into fitness. I ride a bike, dance, and work hard at keeping my home in order. I do sit too much at the computer since joining HP. I don't know how to remendy that except to not sit too long, get up and do something else for a while. I also love to do crossword puzzles and i never miss jeopardy. I like this, it's a great reminder to move........

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Luckily I manage to keep going when I think I can't any longer and I always pull through it. We just can't give in or give up. Great advice we can all use. ^

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Yes, I can feel myself winding down physically and mentally. That's why I write on HP, to keep the old noggin working. LOL! I really should exercise more also. I have done Tai Chi in the past and it is great for helping balance. I should sign up for another class. I need to walk more as you are correct, exercise heightens the endorphins, keeps the joints working and is good for general health. Thanks for reminding us of this. I enjoyed reading this.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Thank you for this, a reminder that we can combat the difficulties associated with ageing. After a recent medical set back I am now - walking regularly, Tai Chi, and working on the breathing technique. I found this hub interesting and helpful - a huge reminder not to give in. Thank you and voting.

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      Sky321 2 years ago from Canada

      You have some great information on here. Thanks

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      Susan Ream 2 years ago from Michigan

      Very Motivational vocalcoach! I've been a lot more conscious of the way I breathe because I have learned of the importance of oxygen to the brain. You've explained more detail about that process in this hub - very interesting.

      I needed a kick to get me to be more active - Thank YOU!

      Great Hub, voted up and over -shared!

      Blessings to you friend,

      Mekenzie

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Great advice. My brain tells to sit down and turn on the TV but I fight it. There is much to be said for exercising, if just getting out for a walk. I compromise, I walk but carry the remote :)

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Great hub! Pinned it to my "Hubs Worth Reading" board!

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Nice tips about recharging with intake of oxygen.

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      Sanjay Sonawani 2 years ago from Pune, India.

      Thanks. Vey helpful!

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I would have gotten here sooner but at my age, I hate to be rushed (LOL)!

      You have written a thoughtful and comprehensive overview of this issue, dear Audrey. Beautiful work! Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      A 21st Century article and much needed. I grow up with many of your great ideas for exercise and breathing.

      My body is now tired, though. I do my best. Peace.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Audrey, you've provided some valuable information for those of us who are in the aging sector. I think I do okay in keeping the brain active. My problem is I've become quite sedentary in my old age. Where I used to spend quite a bit of time in my yard, now I find excuses to have "lazy days". I think being on the computer all day every day wears me out. I need to be more conscious of working in the yard. I'm not one to exercise because I never had to; my lifestyle took care of that for me. My lifestyle has changed drastically. This old dog is pretty resistant to learning new tricks.

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      Maree Michael Martin 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Thanks for the reminder to breathe correctly it really does help awesome hub

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      Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent hub! This is definitely a motivator to be more active and keeping our minds sharp. Voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      janshares - I'm really happy to hear that this hub helped to increase your awareness on this topic. As I buried myself in research, I too, became more aware of how much the brain depends on our 'getting up and moving' - especially for a writer.

      Thank you for your vote up and for rating useful. You've taken your valuable time to read and comment and I appreciate that!

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      Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

      Awesome hub. As I have aged I do many thing to stimulate my brain as I don't want to lose my abilities to think logically and problem solve. Your hub gave us a wealth of informaiton to consider. Voted up.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      ChitrangadaSharon - Thank you my friend. Appreciate your comments and visit!

      Bill - Well, speaking of aging, I tell people, "I'm not old, I'm just staying young for a very long time." :)

      Thank you so very much for taking your precious time to read my hub and comment. I wouldn't be where I am today on HP, without your hubs and support. Have a great weekend.

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      btrbell - I like your mother's saying. Smart lady. So glad to hear that you enjoyed this hub. I wrote it as much for myself as for anyone. :) Think young - stay young. Thanks.

      FlourishAnyway - Yes, exercise is key. It's kind of like the car my father use to drive us kids in. It took a bit to get the engine started, but once that old auto fired up - away it would go. :)

      denise.w.anderson - I know just how you feel denise. But once we get started, it sure feels good. I do mostly walking and I'm glad I can still do that. :) Thank you.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      The more we use our minds, the better they function. I have always thought that if we challenge ourselves, mentally, and teach ourselves to become lifelong learners, we will be able to say active longer as we grow older. Fascinating hub…I enjoyed reading this. Voted up ++.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent and well-needed article. Thanks, Audrey :)

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Yes, this is a very useful and informative hub worth reading. As I´m getting older and older every day, I fight against slowing down physically and mentally. I do zumba at least once a week and reading and writing are my brain exercises. Thanks for sharing this. Have a nice week!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Audrey, I walk most days, for about 3 hours, that's down the park and shopping! lol! I also sing at the top of my voice to drive the neighbors nuts, and before bed do breathing exercises, which started when I had asthma as a kid, in fact I open the bedroom window and take great gulps of air before I go to bed, phew! hopefully this will work, and keep me fitter, great advice, and definitely something we should all be doing, nell

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      Marvin Parke 2 years ago from Jamaica

      I am presently learning how to touch type. It is a pretty interesting challenge. Because my three finger technique suffices. I am getting to a point where I will just touch type without thinking about, but my brain is still building those neurons to get to that point.

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      Robert E Smith 2 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I have just retired in recent years. Retirement, to me, never meant traveling or just sitting around doing nothing. I believed it was meant to give me time to do the things that I simply didn't get around to when I had to give my whole schedule to making a living. I began to prepare to write when I was working and then after retirement I was set to devote more time to it. I had always wished to learn a simple instrument and to make pretty sounds with it. I knew I was never going to sing so the instrument would do the singing for me. So I have been playing first the recorder and then the ocarina. I find that the breathing requirements of music has me continually challenged and the finger movements of playing helps my dexterity. I still feel the forgetfulness and the fatigue catching up to me. Taking vitamin E seems to help. Ginko Biloba never did. This was an interesting article that I enjoyed immensely. Voted up.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very interesting subject, well present with useful information. And here, if I may share my tricks because I have to admit, I'm not getting any younger anymore as well. :)

      The body in motion stays in motion. True say for the brain. That's why I bike whenever I can specially now that the weather is very much improving in my part of the world (it rained yesterday). I also like to go nature trailing. There I get to breathe on some fresh air and it literally help clears my head off. I also read a book or at least one or two articles every night before hitting the sack--that is sort of a nightly ritual.

      And of course, I'm a domestic diva and I treat household chores just like going to the gym specially cleaning the stairwell. Ok, truth is I have no budget to pay for the gym. :) Lol! But, who needs the gym when there's plenty of ways to move our but*s around, eh?

      What an excellent, useful and very motivational hub. Now, if I may, I have to start pedaling in half an hour. :)

      Up++ and sharing.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      I feel that I am slowing down mentally, physically, and emotionally. thanks for these simple steps and tips. they are much appreciated.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      jhamann - Hi Jamie. Thanks for being here and leaving your nice message.

      always exploring - I'm a jeopardy fan too, even though my answers are usually wrong :) To rectify sitting too long at the computer I make myself get up every 15-20 minutes and stretch, vacuum - anything to move around. Thanks so much Ruby for your support. - Audrey

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Audrey

      This is such an important topic...so.many people do not realize how much they can do to keep their bodies including their brains fit.You have clearly pointed out many reasons to make the effort and what we should be doing...shared and voted up

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Jackie Lynnley - Good for you! I realize there are times when we want to move our marvelous engines - but just can't and I think we must respect this. But most of the time we can do what you are doing. Thanks Jackie - Audrey

      suzettenaples - Tai Chi is wonderful for balance. And I agree with you about writing on HP to keep the old noggin going :) Thanks so much!

      travmaj - Sorry about your recent setback and very glad to hear that you are walking, doing Tai Chi and working on deep breathing. Keep up the great program!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sky321 - Thank you. It's so nice to see you here. Happy Hubbing!

      Mekenzie - What a very nice surprise to see you again! I've missed you. So glad you read my hub here and left me a message. Hope all is well with you my friend. Happy thoughts to you - Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Just excellent hub Audrey! I can so relate!!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Very useful and informational hub, Audrey. I think slowing down a little as time goes by is a natural and gradual process -- but, it is a good idea to keep the body and mind alert and in good shape as long as possible. You send out a good reminder to all -- thanks.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I make every effort I can NOT to slow down. My greatest fear is becoming senile or worse, so I do exercise my brain by different methods. I have a 10 minute exercise routine I do every morning and I think that helps. I also do Yoga.

      Good info here . Voted UP, etc.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub and interesting, useful information. We must exercise our brains just like we exercise our other muscles to keep our brain nimble and healthy. Voted up.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I couldn't agree more with making the most of what you've got, while you can! I've recently noticed a bit of slowing down on my behalf due to a lack of exercise and yes, it does seem to snowball after awhile. Voted useful and thanks for the timely reminder. x

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Exercise makes such a huge difference. I start out with very little energy and by the time I'm through with my mountain hiking I have energy to spare. Thanks Suzanne for being here and for the vote.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mckbirdbks - If the truth be known, this is my kind of exercise. Thanks Mike and my very best to you!

      Thank you Vellur for confirming the need to exercise the brain by more activity from the body. Enjoy the day!

      Kathleen - Oh, thanks so much for pinning my hub to your board "Hubs Worth Reading." This is a great gift for the 4th of July! Very happy Audrey.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sanjay - Intake of oxygen really does "run the engine" so to speak. Thanks and hope to see you again soon.

      sanjay-sonawani - It's important to me that my hubs are helpful. Thank you for confirming this.

      My best to you ~

      marcoujor - Hello lovely lady. Your opening line made me laugh and oh, how I do relate. I want to thank you for voting up and across as well as for your kind comments.

      My heart always smiles when you come to visit me Maria. I did a quick search on the meaning of your name. It is given in many diverse cultures. Wikipedia gives some interesting facts on your beautiful name. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you Manatita44. I appreciate your good comments and it's always such a pleasure to see you. Enjoy your day my friend!

      Bravewarrior - I know exactly what you mean. It's easy to become sedentary, especially if the body has a variety of aches and pains. Also, as you mentioned, sitting at the computer hour after hour and day after day takes it's toll. I use an alarm clock, setting it for every twenty minutes. I make myself leave the computer and walk around the house, or do some stretches and stuff like that. It really helps. Thanks my friend for supporting me and I hope your day brings you a miracle or two - Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ruby H Rose - You are very welcome. It's my pleasure to be able to inform others on this most important subject. Glad you liked it and think it's awesome. I hope to see you again soon. - Audrey

      Better Yourself - Thank you for the very kind and generous comments. I'm glad to see you here and appreciate the vote. Have a great day.

      Pamela99 - I know exactly where you are coming from. As I age and approach my 'golden years' I pray each day that I won't be a burden in any way to my children. It would be perfect if my mind and body were still functioning clear, well and strong right up to my final breath.

      Thanks so much for your great comments and I wish you fantastic health. - Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Genna - I like the way you think and follow this to the letter. I'm a life-long learner, challenging myself to try new things. Thank you for the joy you've received through reading my hub. So very good of you to share this with me. Live smart my friend! - Audrey

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Learning new skills seems a good way to do.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Martie - Thanks so much for being here and taking time to read my hub and leave a comment. Happy thoughts! - Audrey

      Thelma Alberts - Zumba? Wow - very impressive. You're doing all the right things my friend. Keep it up and thanks. - Audrey

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      I feel like it sometimes!! Thanks for this, Audrey!

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      Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent and Helpful Hub!!! I have definitely noticed a difference with lack of exercise due to lack of time, and this is a reminder of how important it is for me to make time. Voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      midget38 - Based on the number of excellent hubs you write, I don't see this happening to you.

      Thanks my friend.

      Better Yourself - Thank you for finding my hub excellent and helpful. Lack of time for exercising can take it's toll. I know this firsthand. I gave up one of my favorite TV shows in order to get my walking in each day. :)

      Thanks for voting up.

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      suziecat7 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I might not exercise my body enough (just walking) but I love my brain game challenges. I enjoy memorizing things like all the capitals of all the countries of the world. I don't know why :)) Excellent Hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Nell - I just bet that your neighbors open their windows wide to hear your burst of song! I just love it. :) It's clear that there is no slowing dow for you. Thanks so much.

      rastai - Wow! What a great way to keep those neurons in check. And now you can pump out more great hubs. Thanks.

      no body - I completely agree with your feelings about retirement. And learning to play both the recorder and the ocarina is impressive. As you have pointed out, these instruments require controlled breathing and good finger dexterity. Do we have a new 'pied piper' in our midst?

      Thanks for enjoying my hub and come back for another visit soon. My best to you.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I feel my age these days but keeping a consistent exercise routine and good eating habits helps to combart the aging process , at least for awhile. Great post and one that will help us to face life positively.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "Growing Older Gracefully.".....Audrey...this is such a positive and inspiring hub. I agree with these facts and remain conscious of the many things we can and should do to preserve those "neurons."

      Luckily I happen to really enjoy brain exercises in the form of word games; crosswords and cryptograms are my favorites.

      It seems to me that we writers have the edge also, wouldn't you agree? Always thinking, creating, using our language skills......we're activating our brain cells every single day!

      Maintaining a healthy and happy attitude is a must. We simply cannot stop the hands of time, but we CAN slow them down by being focused on NOT slowing down the process of living, learning and loving!

      Wonderful hub as always, Audrey. You are a true GEM....Up++++ pinned, tweeted & googled.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      CrisSP

      Sounds like you're doing everything right. Thanks for sharing your good tips with us. It's downright inspiring!

      torrilynn

      Thank you for being here. We all need reminders and inspiration from time to time. :)

      pstraubie48

      Hello my friend. It seems like the older I get the more often I need to be reminded:) Wonderful to see you.

      Audrey Howitt

      How is the marvelous and talented lady? Thanks for being here and much happiness to you.

      Phyllis Doyle

      I plan on living to at least 102 years of age. This gives me enough time to get even with my children :) The universe has been so generous to me. One example is allowing me to find someone like you right here on HP.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Phew. You've provided me with quite a bit of relief, Audrey. I'm glad to know that as long as I keep my brain healthy as I age, things will not be so bad!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I just came by for a reread and to remind myself to do those things that will prevent me from slowing down.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 2 years ago from KOLKATA

      An excellent hub with useful tips for slowing down the aging process. Thanks for sharing

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This makes a lot of sense. We slow down and then that begets more slowing down. The brain has always been one of the most fascinating subjects to me. Great article!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      midget38

      I'm at the age now where I've already aged:) So I can testify that when the brain is healthy, every other part of the body is too. Thanks my friend.

      Hi Mary

      So nice to see you again. I, too have to re read this hub every so often to remind myself to 'move' more often. Thanks Mary.

      ARUN KANTI

      We all need to be reminded that we aren't going to stay where we are physically and mentally as we age. Thank you for finding my hub useful.

      rebeccamealey

      I, like you, have always found the brain a fascinating subject. We continue to find more information about this amazing part of our body each day. Who would think that diet would have such profound profound effect on the brain?

      Thank you for being here.

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      bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      The information in this Hub makes a lot of sense. Voted up and remembering what I learned today.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Beth,

      Thanks for the vote up and glad to hear that this hub brought you a little knowledge. Enjoy your day!

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Great article. Yoga is very beneficial to slow the aging process, also. It helps with breathing, stretching and toning, and balance.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      fpherj48

      Hi you fantastic woman, you. Your comments, alone, would make an award-winning hub. I just knew you were the type of person that jumps in and does it all the right way.

      And yes, we writers do have an edge. Our sweet brains are constantly being challenged as our busy neurons are firing up with new ideas.

      And as you have pointed out, attitude is everything. I really believe this. I ignore my aging body and when my age comes up my reply is, "I'm not old, I've just been 21 for a very long time." :)

      Thanks, for all your in-put and for the votes and more. ~ Audrey

      teaches12345

      Thank you for contributing to this hub with your comments. I like the way you think, young lady.

      Exercise and healthy eating sprinkled with plenty of laughter really does the job. ~ Audrey

      poetryman6969

      Absolutely! Learning new skills wake up those neurons, keeping the brain active. Thank you.

      suziecat7

      Walking accomplishes much more than we think it does. It's one of the best stress-reducers.

      And oh my - memorizing all the capitals of all the countries in the world! I see a good "Jeopardy" contestant. Thanks Suzie - Audrey

      DeborahNeyens

      Yes. Yoga has helped my body to stay limber and my mind to stay focused. Thanks my friend. ~ Audrey

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      I voted up +++

      I am using the heck out of my brain and body as I have so much on my plate I do not have a choice. So if my brain cells die they need to do it while I am asleep as I do not need them then, Ha!

      As far as my body goes I work harder or as hard as I did when I had a career going full blast.

      Even a broken leg did not keep me still too long. And, now I am taking your space to vent---sorry.

      Loved your hub.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Bobbi -

      Thanks for the great votes. Do you know how much I admire you? The courage you displayed with your broken leg is inspirational.

      You're the best, my friend! Hugs. - Audrey

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Came back for another read, great hub. Great tips to stay young and mentally active.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Vocalcoach...

      Staying fit and active is very important as we age. The few extra pounds we gained years ago would be lost quickly but today they seem to hang around. I have a routine which is fairly complete, with an assortment of gym equipment. The mind is something we can never leave behind for. In today's world it seems if you miss out on technology of any kind you quickly fall behind.... "Now where do I put a stamp on this thing so I can mail it."

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Vellur

      It's so nice to see you here again. I appreciate your coming back to read my hub once more. Hope all is well with you.

      Hugs,

      Audrey

      Hi Rolly

      LOL! What a great last line. Humor keeps us young. And as you say, staying fit and active plays a crucial role in aging. Thank you my friend for being here.

      Happy thoughts with hugs and blessings,

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Healthnews12

      It's surprising how much energy walking through the forest gives me. I star out slow and end up at a good pace. Living in the mountains brings new beauty with each walk I take. Thanks.

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      EmeseRéka 2 years ago from The Desert

      Thank you for this article. I needed to read it at this moment. I'm close to fifty and just very recently I've noticed this "slowing down". It's true that I haven't done as much as I used to in any area lately, reading your article is a good motivation for me.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Emese Fromm

      Thanks for reading my article about slowing down physically and mentally as we age. I'm happy to hear that you find it motivating. Just keep using your mind and body regularly.I appreciate your comments.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      as we grow old, we must keep or mind and body active not deactivate

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      peachpurple

      Yes, you are right about this! The body and mind are meant to be used. Thanks for your comments.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I have to say, this came into my view at just the right time. I needed a little push to get back into my healthy routine. Winter seems so long for gardeners. ^+

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Patsybell

      I love gardening too and looking forward to spring. Thanks for being here!

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      Hannah David Cini 24 months ago from Nottingham

      What a great hub! I really enjoyed this. It was interesting, motivational and educational. I look forward to reading more of you work.

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      Audrey Hunt 24 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hannah - Very nice to see you here. Your kind comments feel as good as eating chocolate! Thank you, thank you. Audrey

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      RTalloni 14 months ago from the short journey

      Another neat read that I'm pinning in my Solve It: section on seniors. So agree that in general we can hold on to good physical/mental ability by taking care of health and paying special attention to maintenance. We've begun using an inversion thingy (not everyone should) and the more I read about the brain the more I want to use it for more than back issues!

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      RTalloni - Thank you my friend for taking time to read my hub and leave your valuable comments. I've known people who swear by inversion therapy for their back. I'd like to try it myself. I want to tell you how much I enjoy your hubs. I love knowledge and I find myself learning something new with each of your articles!

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      FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

      This caught my eye again, as I've had to teach and reteach the same things to a relative who is mentally slowing and I see the person deteriorating. They are very status quo and refuse to exercise or take up anything new. They used to do computer games but dropped that. It's such an important message. Sharing in the hope that others will be helped.

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      Paula 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey Miss Audrey! It's been 19 months since I commented here~~ and I swear I feel 19 YEARS younger!

      Yeah, OK......I am REALLY into using my IMAGINATION! It's so much fun!...LOL.....Paula

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      Audrey Hunt 11 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Flourish

      I relate to your helping your relative with the slowing down and trying to get them to be more active. I'm in the same boat with one of my siblings. While she's now struggling with Alzheimer's I feel helpless...but keep trying. Thanks my friend.

      Fpherj48

      Hello gorgeous. Let's face it...aging isn't in your vocabulary...or mine! I tell my friends, "I'm not old, I've just been 25 for a very long time."

      Love your spirit Paula!

      Hugs,

      Audrey

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