Studies have shown that it is increasingly difficult to keep the brain sharp with age. Despite the unruly assumption that the older we get, the slower our brains work, Harvard Medical School study has shown just the opposite. “The older we get, our brains do in fact function better as they start to slow down, and the brain begins to compensate by using more of itself.” But in order to stay sharp as a tack, it is highly suggested to keep exercising your brain on the daily. The simplest of exercises can help your mind stay focused on the task at hand.
And even if you aren’t aging (as many of us believe) and are simply young at heart, here’s a few fun and helpful things to do in order to keep your brain healthy: Give them a try!
1. Make lists. Constantly keeping your mind occupied with tasks and things to do (no matter how small).
2. Tease your brain. The continued will to learn is what will make us better at mental sit-ups. The occasional crossword puzzle, card game, or Sudoku puzzle doesn’t hurt either.
3. Regular aerobic exercise. It may be the single most important thing you can do for the long-term health of your brain! For mental fitness, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every other day.
4. Feed the brain. Mmmm … a low glycemic diet (high fiber, with moderate amounts of fat and protein) as opposed to high glycemic (sweets and white starches) will provide a steady pace of digestion, and a more reliable flow of energy to the brain. Delicious.
5. Sleep. Memories are sifted through, some discarded, others consolidated and saved. When we don't sleep, a recent study found, proteins build up on synapses, possibly making it hard to think and learn new things.