Everyone has those moments where you walk into the other room and forgot why you went in there in the first place or when you forget a name of a familiar friend. These memory lapses can happen at any age, but memory loss is often more significant as we get older. We can’t stop aging, however there are some things we can do to boost our brainpower and keep our minds sharp.
We all know working out will keep our muscles strong but did you know you can strengthen your brain’s muscles as well? Here are a few mental and physical exercises that can help you keep your mind sharp.
Exercise regularly. Perhaps one of the best things you can do for the long-term health of your brain is have a regular exercise routine. Exercise helps promote new brain cells and slows age-related brain shrinkage.
Get some sleep. When we sleep, it gives not only our body a chance to repair itself, but it also our brains. We will most likely spend most of our life sleeping and scientists are just beginning to learn about this basic function. As they are learning of all the benefits of sleep, we do know one thing: sleep deprivation is not good for brain function.
Eat healthy. Not only does good nutrition help keep a proper supply of blood to the brain to minimize strokes, it gives a steady supply of glucose to help concentration and alertness. Turns out eating healthy keeps our bodies in shape and our minds sharp.
Use your brain. Learning something new is one of the best ways to keep your mind sharp. Keeping your mind active seems to activate brain cells and could even generate new ones. It’s never too late to become a life-long learner and it can be as easy as reading a book, volunteering at your local school or learning a new language.
Stay socially active. Staying connected is another form of mental exercise. Social interaction is a cognitive skill that can help us slow down mental decline. Social engagement requires a lot of mental activity like planning and decision making. It also helps us reduce cortisol, a destructive stress hormone.
Whether your 40 or 90, mental decline can be frustrating. These simple habits can help you boost your brainpower and keep your mind sharp. If you have any questions regarding memory loss, we are here to help. RedMed Urgent Clinic prides itself on fast, efficient and cost effective care. We maintain a team of highly qualified medical professionals at all of our locations who are ready to serve you and as always, walk-ins are welcome!