I am going to just be plain honest with you. I have never been big on exercise. Ever.
I know there are a lot of you out there who understand how I feel. I also know that there are many of you who don’t.
I’m not burying my head in the sand. I know that regular exercise is critical to good health. And I realize that we sometimes have to do things that we don’t really enjoy.
My birthday is fast approaching and while I have committed to being authentic and forthright in this blog, I am not ready to be that forthright about which birthday I am about to celebrate. Let’s just say it is a biggie.
I have been processing this aging thing for a few years and I can see that my attitude is adjusting slightly. I’ll share more about this in a later post.
Anyone who has reached a certain age knows that things begin to shift and change—all kinds of things (I absolutely am not going into any more detail on this). But one thing that I had not expected quite so soon was the change in my brain. I have noted (and especially my family has pointed out to me) some decline over the last few years in my memory and my attention to detail.
Last year my husband told me about Lumosity.com which is an online tool that promotes cognitive development through brain games and brain training. Read all about the science behind what they are doing here. I have heard good reviews from others who have used this resource.
I went to their site last January (2013) and took the initial brain test to get some baseline information. I “trained” for exactly three days and then lost interest (or perhaps I forgot).
I was working on something this morning and Lumosity.com came up. I immediately went to the website and logged in. I took another brain test to see whether there had been any cognitive change since last year—13 months of non-training. The results shocked me.
In the areas of problem solving, speed and flexibility, there was no change. However there was a significant decline in the areas of memory and attention. Yikes! I hate it when my husband and daughter are right!
They suggest training 3-5 times each week for 10 weeks then retake the test to see what change has been accomplished. I will keep you posted on my progress…assuming I remember!
Have you noticed any cognitive decline in your middle age? What are you doing to improve and challenge your brain?