More and more research has led to the growing conclusion that fogged memory and slowed wit are not inevitable consequences of aging. Apart from proper brain nutrition or brain supplementation there are steps that can be taken to keep our brain in tip top shape even as we get older.
Exercising our brain plays a vital role and whilst this depends heavily on education, scientists agree it’s never too late to start “jogging” our grey matter.
Another interesting point is that the more physically active we are the better our brains perform. The old saying, healthy body means healthy mind is actually very true. The reasoning behind this is based on the fact that our brain needs a lot of oxygen and the healthier your body the better the oxygen flow. Poor memory has been linked to poor lifestyle choices in terms of diet and lack of exercise.
The good news is that doing a few simple exercises every day along with good brain supplementation can go a long way in maintaining proper brain function all the way into your twilight years.
Here are few examples of exercises that can give your brain a workout:
Try doing the crossword or play a game of Soduku
Try to write instead of typing whenever possible
Spend some quiet time meditating or visualizing
Teaching someone something your are well versed in
Tell yourself a story making it up as you go along. Then pick off from where you left off the next day, keep doing this until you feel like starting a new story.
Take note of peoples’ names when meeting them for the first time, actively listen instead of simply going through the motions.
Try giving your calculator a break and see how far you can go with working it out in your head.
Break out of routine every now and then. For example, deliberately take a few wrong turns on your way home and see if you can find your way using a different route.
Pick up a dictionary a few times a week and open up a random page. Learn one new word at least.
These are just a few ideas to get your started. The bottom line is that we should always be in a constant state of learning. This can be learning a new skill or even learning loads of pointless trivia, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that we are learning.