According to Dr. Christina Miller, MD Integrative Medicine, "As you age, neurons in your brain and spinal cord begin to degenerate, and even die off, if not being used. Think of activities that you used to do that you no longer do now. You're likely losing, or have already lost, those neurons. This can range from complicated math problems or playing an instrument, to playing a sport or activity and have given up. The good news is that you can learn or relearn activities at any age, and promote growth of those, or nearby neurons, and regain function. This is the concept of neuroplasticity - regenerating parts of your brain and body that have gone latent with inactivity.
Learning a new sport is a great way to fire up some neurons, especially in the areas of balance, movement, focus and complex motor coordination. Neurons that fire together, wire together and will keep your brain and body functioning at a higher level."
With Dr. Miller's info in mind, I would like to issue a challenge to make January "Learn A New Sport Month". Find something that you've never done and give it a try. Or, how about that high school or college sport that you competed in and loved. What about a class at your gym that you've always said you would join?
Rekindle that fire. Regenerate those neurons!
OTHER FUN OPTIONS AROUND TOWN
ADULT BALLET - Tuesdays 8:15-9:45am
Taught by ASFB company member, and Aspen Club member Craig Black
ASFB CMC location
X-COUNTRY SKIING - all day, any day, all over town
Equipment and lessons:
Aspen X-Country Center (aka: Aspen Golf Course)
Snowmass X-Country Center (aka: Snowmass Golf Course)
OUTDOOR SKATING (in addition to rink at the ARC)
Snowmass Rodeo Lot - all day, any day
Think: learn a new language, instrument, hobby, etc.