Brain Fitness: 7 Things You Should Know…

There is so much new research pertaining to the brain that comes out about every week but we don’t know which direction we should go to strengthen it. Most of us use our brains only a fraction of it’s capacity and simply wait until there are signs of concern and by then it is too late. These problems such as Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease are conditions that start many years before the first sign ever appears with most of us brushing it under the rug until itis observed by others. Many of us aren’t sure what we should do to boost our brain fitness. Some of the advice we hear may seem surprising, but other suggestions may seem too simplistic to try. None the less, here are seven brain-smart choices you can start making right now to begin revving up your daily recall and lowering your risk for serious memory problems:

1. Take a Walk

Many of us think about giving our brains a workout, but the kinds of exercise we think of rarely involve working up a sweat. Yet getting off the couch and on your feet is absolutely the best thing you can do for your brain. Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise boosts our daily intellectual performance and lowers our risk for dementia (by up to 38 percent in some studies). How much exercise do you need? Even just walking at a vigorous pace at least 30 minutes a day, five or six days a week will do the trick .

2. Lose The Spare Tire

While there is no “miracle diet” for your brain, what we eat definitely matters to our brain health. A brain-healthful diet supports everyday memory and can protect us from chronic conditions that increase our dementia risk. Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy weight with a low ratio of belly fat can significantly lower our risk for a memory disorder, even beginning in middle age. No need to spend on a special supplement!

3. Lead A Memory-Healthful Lifestyle 

Lifestyle choices we make daily, such as how much sleep we get to how stressed we feel, impact memory performance. In addition, staying on top of your medical care is key for addressing issues that affect memory. Managing chronic conditions, such as hypertension or diabetes, can significantly reduce our risk for dementia. Leading a brain-healthful lifestyle is a great way to live better for your brain.

4. Play Pac-Man

As we grow older, we can experience changes in our everyday intellectual skills. Those changes commonly affect our ability to stay focused, think quickly, multitask and learn new information such as a name. Want to stay sharp no matter what your age? Play games against the clock. Research shows that training in these skills can help stay more effective at them. Timed activities force us to pay attention, work fast and think nimbly. There are many great brain games we can play, from board games to electronic or computer-based games.

5. Learn How To Remember

Strategies that help us retain information are key for improving everyday memory. We all need a bit of a boost when it comes to remembering things such as passwords, directions and, everyone’s favorite, names. Studies have long supported the use of task-specific memory strategies. Learn simple strategies to enhance your daily recall, such as making a connection between something you are learning (like the name “Florence”) and something you already know (such the Italian city of Florence). And don’t forget those date books and “to-do” lists. These “memory tools” are essential for keeping track of the things we have to do but that aren’t worth memorizing.

6. Get Schooled

Research shows that staying intellectually engaged over our lifetime can significantly lower our risk for memory impairment, in some studies by as much as 63 percent. While it isn’t clear exactly why maintaining mental challenge matters, most likely such challenges encourage brain plasticity and offer protection against deterioration over time. In addition, intellectual engagement offers us opportunities to socialize and supports emotional well-being, which in themselves are important to better brain health. Look for activities out of your comfort zone — if you like to read, try a pottery class. Also, look for little ways to “change up” your brain’s routine, such as brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand, or taking a new route to work.

7. Write Your Own Blogg

That’s right…write your own blogg! All you need to do is find your niche and write about it. The best way to educate yourself on any given topic is to teach it. I had no idea that I would have so much fun writting this blogg and it has educated me in may different areas as I have had to do a lot of research on my niche which is Natural Health. Just like physical fitness, we also need mental fitness to keep our brains in shape in order to keep it healthy wealthy and wise. So, I encourage you to develop your niche and teach us all about it and be sure to let me know so I can follow it.

Better brain health is really the result of better habits across all dimensions of wellness, including our intellectual as well as physical and emotional well-being. These seven simple steps are a great way to get started on the path to better brain fitness. Look to continue on that journey yourself by always looking for ways to stay healthy and engaged.


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