Aging gracefully is like a well performed dance; it requires repetition and challenge— both mentally and physically. Loss of motor skills and memory can be avoided with exercise and mental stimulation, the keys to a youthful body and mind.
A flexible body and fluid mind are hallmarks of youth, and Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett says that besides being fun, dance is a mind-body experience that requires focus, coordination, and learning new moves. All of these skills can slow down the aging process.
As the seasons change, so can your mood. For some, the shorter days and longer nights trigger the “winter blues,” a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This usually occurs at the same time every year, and people who live in places with long, cold nights are at greater risk.
Like all forms of depression, it occurs more often in women than men. Symptoms build slowly, and intensify as autumn’s splendor bleaches to winter white. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends taking steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.