Despite the somewhat widely held opinion that our memory weakens as we age, it doesn’t mean that the loss will be sudden. Unless you’re experiencing early onset dementia, it’s more likely that you won’t even notice your memory getting less sharp.
However, you might have been seeing some signs that your memory isn’t as good as it used to be. If you have to write everything down to not forget something, you might want to look into ways to strengthen your memory. To help you do that, we’ve come up with a list of exercises to keep your mind sharp:
Classic Brain Exercises
When you mention activities with improving memory, most people think of regular brain exercises. Crossword puzzles, studying languages, playing chess or being creative are all among the generally recommended activities for keeping your memory sharp. However, there’s also an abundance of physical exercises that all benefit memory — so you can stay fit in more ways than one!
Lifting weight doesn’t only benefit your muscles. Testing the memory capabilities of three control groups of women that were assigned different activities revealed that the weightlifters far outperformed other groups in memory tests. The best part is that these exercises don’t have to be highly intensive. You can start slow if you’re out of shape, using just your weight for resistance training.
There have been many studies published about the benefits of regular walking. Whether you’re going at your pace or a brisker one, it benefits your health in multiple ways. One of them is boosting your brain capabilities and cognitive health. Thirty minutes a day is the optimal amount of time you should dedicate to walking, so get your most comfortable pair of shoes on and do some light walking every day.
Stretching is an excellent light-intensity exercise, especially if it’s incorporated into a yoga routine. Other than having a positive effect on your well-being by improving your spine health and impacting your body in different ways, it also improves selective attention. If you stretch regularly, you’ll become better at focusing your attention on a particular task, which also helps memory.
High-Intensity Interval Training
Interval training is a favorite among women, as it allows them to combine a few activities that vary in the level of intensity into a single routine. Running and cycling are among the high-intensity activities while walking and jogging count among the lower intensity activities. You can try to sprint for 30 seconds and then walk 30 seconds, alternating between the two. It improves your body’s capability to deliver oxygen to your brain, which can dramatically boost your cognitive performance, especially memory.
For those requiring exercise to remember and execute a sequence of poses, tai chi has been shown to stimulate the brain. To take part in this workout of body and mind, you need concentration — and achieving it can boost your brain volume and improve your memory.
Physical exercise is one of the pillars of health, and that also includes your cognitive capabilities. Make sure you get enough exercise and try out one of these activities to keep your memory sharp.
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