Exercising Your Brain as You Age
Everyone ages. This is an unfortunate part of life that no one can truly avoid. Most people try to care for their bodies by eating somewhat healthy, protect their skin from the sun, and keep bones safe from falls. Unfortunately, many people forget that the mind ages as well. Memory is affected greatly as we age and our brains cannot retain as much information as they once could. This does not mean we are doomed to walk into rooms and forget if we are coming or going. Even the brain can be exercised to slow the aging process.
One of the best ways to exercise the brain is to exercise your body.
Your overall health can affect brain function. A 30-minute walk each day is highly recommended for both the brain and body. This is because exercise can prevent conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke that negatively affect memory and brain functioning. Exercise can often trigger the release of proteins that promote healthy nerve cells, giving your brain a boost.
A healthy diet is another way to boost your brainpower. This does not mean you avoid all fast food or pizza parties with the kids, but that you eat everything in moderation. Eat fruits, vegetables, fish as opposed to red meat, and save the real ‘treats’ for special occasions.
Though it seems obvious, engaging your brain is also a great way to keep your memory intact.
Choose a mentally challenging activity that is also fun. Choose an app for your phone that allows you to play speed or memory games designed to increase brain activity. Get together with friends to discuss a new book, watch and discuss a show, or even play cards. The interaction keeps the brain active and engaged. Do not worry about what game is being played or even what show or book is shared, as long as a discussion follows.
In addition to challenging yourself, stay social. Meeting with friends and simply having a chat will keep the brain active and preserve mental functioning. Also recommended are sleeping right and avoiding stress. Find ways to relax and try to stick to a schedule or bedtime routine to keep the brain fog away. So get out there, have fun, and truly exercise every part of your being.