Brain Health—Your Brain Needs Exercise too!
Your body isn’t the only thing that needs a workout—your brain needs exercise to stay healthy and in peak condition too.
Here are 5 ways you can exercise your brain today:
Brain Training—brain training is a system of exercising the brain to improve aspects of cognition like memory, attention, brain speed and focus. Try some mental exercises for your brain such as Luminosity, crossword puzzles, quizzes and Sudoku to promote new brain development and increase your ability to focus.
Staying engaged and trying stimulating new things may help keep your brain healthy and fit. Continuing education may help keep your memory strong by getting you into the habit of staying active mentally. When you challenge your brain by learning more and more, you help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them. Continuing education, learning a new hobby, memorizing a poem, reading a new book or taking dance lessons can help your brain to focus and actually ward off dementia.
Do you ever feel like you think more clearly after exercising? Staying physically active will affect the brain in many positive ways. Exercise increases your heart rate which pumps more oxygen to your brain. It also aids in the release of many hormones that all participate in providing a nourishing environment for the growth of new brain cells.
Be sure you are incorporating foods into your diet that are high in omega-3. The omega-3 acid is found to help brain communication running smoothly. Some foods rich in omega-3 include almonds, salmon, soybeans, tofu, scallops and grass-fed beef. Foods rich in anti-oxidants such as berries and dark chocolate also keep your brain fueled with the nutrients necessary for brain function to help you concentrate.
Staying connected socially will also help you to stay connected mentally. Research shows that social activity promotes the creation of new brain cells and supports brain repair. Stay socially active with your friends and family. Get involved through work, volunteering, travel and hobbies.
A healthy brain is important in everything you do. Use these tips to keep your brain strong and healthy.