3 Amazing Health Benefits of Continuing Your Education
Studies show that about half of American adults are engaged in continuing their education in some form or fashion. Continuing your education throughout your life lets you exercise your mind by engaging in the expansion of personal knowledge. This type of learning doesn’t necessarily have to be done in a classroom. Moreover, it has specific health benefits. Let’s explore them! Here are three reasons to keep your education going well into your golden years.
1. Continuing your education keeps your mind sharp
Keeping your mind in tiptop shape is one of the best ways to prevent mental illness. According to a study cited by Judson Smart Living, “cognitively active seniors…were 2.6 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than seniors with less cognitive activity.” Just another reason to dust off that book (or even that chess set!)
Education doesn’t have to be academic, either. Physical education has been shown to be amazingly effective in combatting mental illness. The hippocampus, (the area of the brain where learning takes place and our memory is stored) tends to shrink by two percent annually in those with dementia. This process can be stopped and even reversed by engaging in physical activity. A study done by Art Kramer of the University of Illinois, showed that those who participated in the modest aerobic activity increased the size of their hippocampus.
2. Education can have great social benefits
Even for those who choose not to do it in a classroom, ongoing education can expand and enhance your social circle. A report published by the European Unioncame to the conclusion that, “adult learners experience numerous benefits from liberal adult education. They feel healthier and seem to lead healthier lifestyles; they build new social networks and experience improved well being. Even without face-to-face interaction with fellow students, the expanded worldview of the educated lifelong learner gives us exciting new ways to relate to the world.”
3. Education improves your outlook
The EU report weighed in on this point, too. “Adults who participate in liberal adult education view it as an opportunity to improve their lives. These benefits were reported by learners across all course areas, ranging from languages and the arts to sport and civic education,” it reads. Education is one of the most liberating forces in the world. Get out there and harness it!
Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.