READ A BOOK ! 📚
Reading books GREATLY increases your protection against dementia – that has been accepted for quite some time now.
But did you know that reading books may LITERALLY extend your lifespan?
Yale researchers found (via the Health and Retirement Study) that a person’s risk of DEATH may be reduced by 17% if reading up to 3.5 hours of a BOOK (specifically) per week (average of only 30 minutes per day). Those participants who read more than 3.5 hours per week enjoyed a 23% lower risk of death.
The study included 3,635 people. On average, book readers lived two years longer than non-readers.
“Books engage the reader’s mind more – providing more cognitive benefit, and therefore increasing lifespan.”
“Books encourage cognitive engagement and promote empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence, which are cognitive processes that can lead to greater survival.”
This is an adjustment that you can make in your life (if you already aren’t a reader) and potentially reap significant cognitive enhancement. The key is to practice it consistently until it becomes habit.
Is it REALLY that difficult for you to create 30 minutes in your DAILY life to read a book?
The KEY to overall health and well-being is to create several of these small habits in your life until it becomes “the norm” for you. You actually owe it to yourself to do that.
This is ESPECIALLY true for you as an athlete, who is supposed to be maintaining a super high-functioning machine on a daily basis.
You can’t afford to NOT begin putting as much energy into your health as you do your training! 🏀
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE – 2016 SEP