When you think about fitness, you may automatically think about marathons and muscles, but do you ever think about your brain fitness. Keeping our brains active and fit now gives it a better chance at staying in shape down the road.
Our brains play a critical role in every aspect of our lives, from learning, problem solving, working and playing, personality, aptitude and especially memory.
Can’t find your car keys? Forget what time your doctor’s appointment is? Can’t remember where you parked your car at the grocery store? It’s normal to forget things occasionally with life’s busy schedule, but memory loss is nothing to take lightly.
Try incorporating these behaviors into your daily life to keep your mind healthy and active:
1.Keep it calm- Did you realize too much stress can take a toll on your mind? Multitasking everyday can be overwhelming so try to slow down and focus on one task at a time. Give your mind a chance to distress by using techniques such as meditation or yoga.
2.Think outside the box- stay mentally active. Do crossword puzzles, watch game shows, switch up your routine often, read books, or learn a new hobby.
3.Don’t skip on exercise- physical activity helps increase your body’s oxygen flow to the brain and reduces the risk of disorders that potentially lead to memory loss such as diabetes and heart disease.
4.Laugh a lot- Have you heard laughter is the best medicine? This is true, and holds true for the brain and memory as well. Laughter engages multiple regions across the entire brain.
5.Eat more fruits and vegetables- Your brain requires adequate nutrition to function properly. The natural vitamins and minerals found in fresh fruits and vegetables can help memory retention.
6.Don’t forget your Omega-3’s- Did you know omega-3’s make up eight percent of the human brain? Omega fatty acids in fish oil can help memory cells in the brain communicate more efficiently.
7.Limit your alcohol consumption- researchers speculate that alcohol somehow interferes with the blood flow to the brain. Excessive drinking can damage nerve cells that affect the brain’s cognitive functions and ability to retain information.