Adults who adopt a proactive attitude toward staying mentally fit often do just that. Anyone who is interested in brain function is probably already on the right track. Brain exercises may strengthen short and long term memory. Cognition is indeed “malleable”.
Here are few tips to exercise your brain :
- Be a Bookworm – If you are waiting in line at a store or at the doctor’s office, pick up a variety of reading materials. Read online, visit the library or listen to audio books.
- Be Social – According to a study by Dr. David Bennett of Rush University Medical Centre, having a stable social network provided protection against the clinical symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Close Your Eyes – Do something ordinary with eyes shut, according to the Guardian UK article, “Simple Ways to Make Yourself For Cleverer”. Take a shower entirely with your eyes closed, or eat with your eyes closed.
- Eat Brain Boosting Foods – A diet that is rich in antioxidants, including foods such as berries, tea and dark green leafy vegetables may boost brain power.
- Get a Vocabulary Boost – Discover words in the dictionary and find ways to use them in conversation throughout the day. Or, sign up for a vocabulary inhaling website like “A Word a Day,” to boost language function in the brain.
- Get Musical – Learn to play an instrument or listen to different kinds of music. Memorise the lyrics of your favourite song and sing them through the day or make up a song about a problem that you’re working on.
- Learn a New Skill – For better brain function researchers suggest that you pick up a new skill. University of Illinois psychological Denise Park conducted on eight week program teaching digital photography or quitting to order adults and found a significant improvement in memory tests.
- Play Games – Games, like crossword puzzles, have been known to be popular brain teasers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, however, knitting and similar crafts and other games and/or hobbies can be equally stimulating to the brain.
- Take a Tour – Instead of taking the same route to school, work, or shopping, try an entirely new route. This will force you to look at the world in new ways and cause you to problem solve.
- Try Old Habits in New Ways – Examples of “neurobics”, or aerobics for the Brian, include doing a familiar activity with the non-dominant hand. Dial the phone, or brush your teeth with your left hand (if you are right-handed) and you may strengthen brain pathways.