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May 7, 2017

Give Your Brain a Workout

Just as you need to exercise your body to keep it supple and strong, you also need to exercise your brain to keep it sharp. The more active your brain, the better your ability to make decisions, process and remember information, and be creative. Here are three simple tips to keep your brain healthy.Fruit

  1. Learn something new. Take a class, paint a picture, study a language, or take up a musical instrument. Any activity that requires new, mental effort and challenges your brain to think in new ways is good for your cognitive abilities. Start small and work your way up to more complicated efforts. When you start to feel confident in your skill level, it’s time to tackle something more challenging to keep your brain active.
  2. Exercise your body. Your brain needs oxygen to function at peak performance. Exercise increases the flow of oxygen, releases beneficial chemicals, and reduces stress. Physical exercise not only keeps your body healthy, it keeps your thinking sharp.
  3. Feed your brain. You’ve heard the adage, “You are what you eat.” It’s especially true for your brain. A diet of soda, fast food, and vending machine snacks diminishes your ability to concentrate and increases your risk for impaired memory and brain function. Fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins ensure that your body and brain are fit.

Improving brain function is not just for older people; anyone can use these tips to keep their brains sharp and memory strong.

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