Use It or Lose It
Use It or Lose It! The Longer we neglect our talents and skills the we have developed over the years, the harder it is to restore them. And less likely you will be able to bring them back. Because you have reach the point of no return, you probably won’t even make the effort.
The main reason for our “deterioration” occurs due to our disuse, and this applies equally to both your mental and physical abilities. Most of the strength and stamina we blame on old age is actually due to the disuse cycle. When we slow down, it is harder to pick up the pace again, so the tendency is to slow down even more.
Such activities as playing the piano, speaking a foreign language or even responding sexuality are coordinated by complex interaction of nerve cells in the brain.
When you practice, the neurons actually grow microscopic filaments that connect to one another. It is a process known as “arborization.” When you stop practicing, the connections go away.
Every time you learn new skills or master fresh areas of knowledge, neurons secrete growth hormones that foster arborization, thus stimulating their own and growth of their neighbors.
Finding the time to maintain skills in the midst of our busy lives may seem an “elusive” goal. But it’s important to remember that in midlife or beyond, you get the most benefit from the first small effort. By practicing your skills even just a little each week you will be able to exercise the capacities that are important to you.
How much practice is enough? There is no universal rule, but when it comes to physical exercise, a workout every day for 20 to 40 minutes appears to be enough to keep you in shape and healthy.
So using what you don’t want to lose at least two to three times every week for a half hour to an hour is a good minimum for which to strive.