Have you ever met someone decades older than you who’s still sharp as a tack? You’re struggling to remember what you had for breakfast yesterday and where you left the car keys, while they’ve got names, dates, and information right at their fingertips. You can’t help but ask…
How do they do that? How do they remember so much at their age?
Maybe it’s in their genes—or maybe they know these 8 tricks to help boost brain power!
Studies show that your brain is no different from the muscles in your body—the more you use it, the stronger it stays. And that can mean anything from managing your finances to staying social. Still, to really kick it up a notch, work any or all of these into your lifestyle.
1. Crosswords or Sudoku. Brain puzzles like these help with recall, reasoning, and problem solving. Not a fan of crosswords or Sudoku? That’s okay. Logic puzzles, word jumbles, even games like Scrabble and Boggle fit into this category.
2. Register for a class or lecture. Your brain is built to learn, so let it. Every time you learn something new, your brain maintains and creates neural connections that keep it healthy. Plus, learning helps support long-term memory.
3. Listen to music. Research is still new, but it’s looking like the classical, ethnic, and jazz genres may help protect cognitive function and memories.
4. Take up small detail work. Cross stitch. Woodworking. Painting. These kinds of hobbies help with eye-hand coordination, stimulate the neurological system, and may even promote recall.
5. Doodle. All those years people thought you were wasting time marking up the side of your papers, you were really helping to protect your brain! In one study, people who doodled while listening were able to recall 29% more of the information later than non-doodlers.
Bring on the Brain Games
Specially designed brain games can help protect your brain power, too. Try these for quick brain boosts any time of day.
6. 7 word challenge. Write a full story using only 7 words. This helps with creativity and language abilities.
7. Count backwards. If you’re more of a numbers person, you’ll appreciate this one. Starting at 200, count backwards by 5s. Then, start at 150 and count backwards by 7s. Finally, start at 100 and count backwards by 3s. Once you’ve mastered those, pick any number and start over. This helps with focus and reasoning.
8. Pick a picture. Choose a picture off the internet. It can be of anything, so long as it’s detailed and you aren’t familiar with it. Study it for 1 minute, minimize it, and write down everything you can remember about it. Pull the picture back up and see how well you did. You can do this with a view or waiting room, as well. It’s good for attention span, focus, and memory.
9. Switch it up. Use your non-dominant hand for an hour, or the whole day. It helps create new pathways in your brain, keeping it agile and working well.
Keeping your brain in shape is just as important as keeping your body in shape. And it really does work. Participating in mentally stimulating activities on a daily basis may lower your risk of dementia by 63%—plus it’s fun! How often can you say that about a workout?
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