Mental Exercises To Keep Your Brain And Memory Recall Sharp
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Your brain isn’t necessarily a muscle, but it is still an important part of your body that you need to constantly exercise.
As with muscles, the rule “use it or lose it” still applies. If you don’t challenge your mind regularly and strengthen it, you could lose it due to memory loss. Your brain gets lazy and this leaves you at risk for losing your mental sharpness.
There are 3 major effects when you “workout” your brain:
1. Builds new neurons
2. Creates new connections between those new neurons
3. Strengthens and fortifies existing synapses, which are the connections between neurons
When you exercise your brain, you increase the number of cells and the connections in your brain, which helps protect you against mental decline later on in life.
Here are a few mental exercises that you can do to improve your memory and sharpen your brain:
- Take A Cooking Class. Learn how to cook something new. Cooking makes you use a variety of your senses such as touch, sight, smell and taste. Each sense makes you use different parts of your brain.
- Test Your Recall. Make a list of grocery items or things to do and memorize it. An hour later, go back and see how many things you can recall from that list.
- Play Music. Learning to play a musical instrument or joining a choir has been proven to be ideal to keep your memory sharp.
- Learn A Foreign Language. Listening to a foreign language helps to stimulate your brain.
- Do Math In Your Head. Figure out the answers to math problems without using pencil and paper or a calculator.
- Play Games. Games such as Sudoku and crossword puzzles help keep your reasoning and other parts of your brain sharp. Try to play any games that use logic, trivia, or reasoning.
- Read More. Reading is actually beneficial for your brain. When you read, your brain processes each word and recalls the meaning of that word instantly.
Over time, you will find out that exercising your brain is just as easy as exercising your body! If you start with these exercises now, you will be able to improve your memory and prevent the loss of memory later on in life. Be sure to do different activities so your brain will get a full workout!
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Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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