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069. Top 5 Ways to Become a SuperAger

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One of our biggest goals at CrossFit Preferred is to help our members kick butt in life into their 90’s in all areas of their lives. 

I recently listened to a video on the CrossFit main site called Exercise: The Key to “Superaging”. In this video Lisa Feldman Barrett a distinguished professor of psychology at Northeastern University and author of “How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain” was interviewed. 

A SuperAger is someone older than 60 who “has a memory that functions indistinguishably from (that of) a 25 year old.” 

The main focus was that the parts of the brain that regulate memories also contribute to emotional and physical health. 

She taught that the best thing to do to improve your emotional health is to improve your physical health: get enough sleep, exercise vigorously and eat well. 

She also taught that humans are social creatures, so working out in a group setting can also encourage healthy behavior. We help regulate each other’s nervous systems, Barrett explains, so exercising together can motivate people to make better choices.

Each of the things she taught in this video are what we do in CrossFit. 

The Top 5 ways to Become a SuperAger are: 

  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise vigorously – if it causes a little stresss and is tough for you that is best. 
  • Focus on good clean eating and nutrition 
  • Have a strong community
  • Always keep learning – read or listen to books, podcasts and write down what you are learning. 

I loved learning this and learning that what we are doing will also improve our memory is great! 

Remember that what you are doing now will effect you the rest of your life! It is so important that we do not wait  on becoming better and to focus on it now! 

Keep up the great work CrossFit Preferred athletes! See you soon!