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4 Ways to Relive Your Youth After 40

4 Ways to Relive Your Youth After 40

Most people aren’t thrilled about growing old. They think they’re too frail to have any fun. However, a lot of the problems with growing old are purely psychological.

If you’re in your late 40s or 50s, it’s not too late to recapture some of your youth. Here are some ways you can feel young again.

1. Go-Karting

Many people got into go-karting while in middle school, but it can be just as much fun to do as an adult.

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Matt Lawson, a 29-year-old from Humboldt County, California says go-karting is a fun activity for older adults too. Lawson and his 65-year-old landlady would go to the local go-karting track with her two adult sons once a year.

“I had no idea that a woman my mom’s age got such a kick out of go-karting,” Lawson said. “I have to admit, she was a heck of a lot better than me.”

2. Motorcycling

If you aren’t bold enough to relive your childhood, you can still relive some of your 20s. Motorcycling is a great way to do that. Sue Zuki, the editor of Her Motorcycle, says that she didn’t get her first motorcycle until her 50th journey around the sun.[1]

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“I got my motorcycle endorsement and my first bike shortly after turning 50. Apparently there are many like me who didn’t pursue riding until after turning 40… Indeed, for the few friends and acquaintances that I’ve dared to reveal my motorcycle riding to, I claim it’s related to my mid-life crisis, which I’m thoroughly enjoying thanks to the Suzuki. They’ll REALLY be surprised when I get that beautiful tribal tattoo for my upper back that I’ve been lusting after!”

It’s easy to get started. You can find a great motorcycle on popular sites, like CycleTrader or Autotrader. It’s also a good idea to find bike parts, so you can do your own tune-ups as needed.[2]

3. Slip and Slide

The slip and slide is one of the most iconic summer activities for young kids. Children as young as five enjoy sliding down a plastic sheet that’s covered in water.[3] You can create a slip and slide in your own backyard. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can visit a large water park, like Raging Water Parks or Noah’s Ark Water Park.

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It may sound juvenile to some, but lots of adults enjoy it too. One middle school teacher from Missouri (who asked to stay anonymous for professional reasons) recalls watching her middle-aged assistant principal joining the students at the slip and slide on one school trip.

“It’s a side of him that I never saw before,” she said. “It was great to see him having so much fun. He needed it after all the long hours he had to put in earlier in the year.”

4. Take a Backpacking Trip

Many people in their 20s go on long backpacking trips. This can be a great way to enjoy summer vacation.

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As you get older, it’s tough to get away from the responsibilities that take over your life. Even if you can take a week or two off from work, it’s tough to take it away from your kids. Fortunately, you have more time in your 40s and 50s when your kids are grown up. Why not use that time to go on a backpacking excursion?

A backpacking trip can be a great way to experience Europe or another part of the world you’ve always wanted to visit.[4]

Life Doesn’t End at 40!

Too many people think life ends after you’re 40. Nothing could be further from the truth! It’s possible to live it up well into your 40s and even 50s. Of course, you have to be mindful of your physical limitations, but don’t let them keep you from having fun.

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Reference

[1] Her Motorcycle: Newbie Riders In Their 40’s and 50’s
[2] SoloMoto Parts: Motorcycle Parts
[3] wikiHow: How to Make a Long Slip and Slide
[4] The Savvy Backpacker: Backpacking Europe Step-by-Step Planning Guide

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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