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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Use it or Lose it

What does this phrase imply? 

It means that if you don't continue to practice or use an ability, you might lose the ability. For example, if a person doesn't exercise his or her physical body, he or she will likely lose strength, endurance, and stamina. Similarly, if a person doesn't practice a new skill, such as driving a car or speaking a foreign language, he or she may forget or lose that skill. 

Jean Baptiste Lamarck, a French scientist, proposed that species change because of the use or disuse of features, such as tails or arms. He purported the “use it or lose it” idea. He believed that excessive use of a feature would cause it to grow and lack of use would invite atrophy. 

Let us thus, use this principle to have a positive bearing on the society and impart some quality of life enhancing tips to our elderly population. 

"Erections make erections". Sex is not unlike sports. If you want to be a good tennis player, play lots of tennis; if you want to be a good lover, make lots of love.

The American Journal of Medicine reports that older men who have sex more than once a week are less likely to develop Erectile dysfunction.  

Why does having more sex keep the male organ in trim instead of wearing it out? The likely elixir is oxygen here. 

Coming to a different sort of exercise for the seniors. 

Brief sessions of exercise for the aging brain like crossword puzzles and reading can have long-lasting benefits for elderly people, helping them stay mentally fit for at least five years. 

Retirement may not be good for your brain, according to a new study from France, which links older age at retirement to a reduced risk of developing dementia.

Mounting evidence suggests that engaging in intellectually stimulating activity throughout life may protect against the development of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. 

"So if you are old and you are not contributing...maybe there is some penalty attached to that..., encourage older people, not just to be a negative burden on the State but to actually be a positive part of the Society."


  1. Good blog. Practice makes one perfect!!!