HCA Midwest Health October 20, 2016

Here are some ways that you can help train your brain at any age.

  • Exercise Daily

Exercise and brain function are closely linked

  • Eat a Healthy Diet

There are links to our diet and improving memory. Keeping a diet that is full of colorful fruits and veggies and not processed foods.

  • Get Enough Sleep

Our brains store daily memories while we sleep, so you need rest in order to remember everyday tasks.

  • Don’t Stop Learning

Go to your local library to gain more knowledge. It is a great place to relax, gather thoughts, and focus on studying.

  • Use Your Brain Not the Calculator

You can improve your mental ability in domains such as logic, problem solving, mental orientation and corrective thought process by working puzzles and doing difficult mental tasks. The right brain exercises deliver real improvement in memory, clarity, focus, and mood. Computerized brain games all claim to help but scientific evidence is yet to be clearly convincing of their outcomes. Regardless, exercising your brain through problem solving and repetition do not hurt.

  • Engage All of Your Senses

Scientists have found that using all of your sense activates different parts of your brain, which can help you retain a memory. Travel and gardening are real life examples of this.

  • Practice Gratitude

Scientists have done hundreds of studies on the benefits of a grateful attitude, which include boosting your happiness and life satisfaction which are related to overall memory health.

  • Learn a New Skill or Hobby

Think outside the box – anytime that you have to flex your mental muscles to take on a new challenge will help boost mental alertness.

  • Indulge in Music – Music Stimulates the Brain

Studies have of course shown that young children who learn music end up having stronger connections in the motor regions of the brain. Playing music also produces dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter.

  • Handwrite Rather Than Type or Text

In addition, hand-writing itself has been shown to help sharpen our minds. Since hand-writing involves making strokes to create letters, rather than just touching an identical key, it activates certain regions of our brains that are involved in memory and language.