How often do you exercise your brain? Ideally, we should be doing things to keep our minds sharp on a daily basis. There are many different ways to exercise the mind and keep your memory sharp; here are five ways to help you get started.
Meditate to focus your mind
How many of us take the time to sit quietly and clear our minds? Life gets hectic, and we often forget to take time to reset the brain. Meditation can help to calm the thoughts that run through our minds nonstop, which can in turn help us focus when we go back to our daily chores.
Exercise to keep your brain healthy
Physical exercise is not only important to keep our bodies healthy, but it can even help to keep our brains working properly. Exercise sets off the chemicals in our bodies that give us feelings of happiness and calmness. When we are calm and focused, we are able to think more clearly, and we are generally better at the things we do.
Read to keep your mind sharp
Reading a good book is not only relaxing, but it is a good way to keep our minds sharp. When I read, I occasionally come across words that aren’t used in everyday life, and I learn about different people, cultures, and ideas. Learning new things is a great way to exercise the mind.
Play brain exercise games
Some people enjoy sitting down with their morning coffee and working on the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper. A lot of us do not get the daily paper, though. How can we exercise our minds and keep our memory sharp? I have a couple Sudoku books that are fun to work on every once in a while. If you have a smart phone or an electronic tablet, there are many game applications that you can download for free.
Keep learning to improve memory
Even if you have been out of school for years, it is important to continue learning for our brain health. Learn a new skill or hobby. Learn a new language. Use the Internet or the library as a free resource for learning something you are interested in, and in doing so, your mind and your memory will continue grow and your brain will remain healthy.
Train Your Brain with Exercise, WebMD
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