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Brain Boosting Habits to Keep Us Sharp

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Our brain and our muscles are impacted by age in a similar fashion.  The older we get, the weaker and smaller our muscles become.  Tasks which were once easy, now require a little more effort to complete.  Age has a similar impact to our brain.

Below are five ways we can give our brain a workout that will help us today, and long into our life.   

Regular Exercise

Surprisingly, one of the best ways to boost our mental ability is the same behavior needed to boost our physical ability – exercise.  Staying active encourages the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, which aids in our development of brain cells.  By exercising frequently, we are able to process information faster and adapt to situations quicker, according to a Harvard Health Study.

Mental Challenges

Crossword puzzles, a good book or even meditation force our brain to work at a level higher than we might be used to. According to neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret, these forms of mental exercise will aid our ability to generate new brain cells.  As a result, we will notice improvements in our ability to form memories, a reduced mental decline as we age, and a boost in our overall mood.    

New Lessons

If you have always wanted to learn a skill like photography, there is no better time to start according to a study by Psychological Science.  If we challenge ourselves as adults to learn a new complex skill such as photography or wood working, we are likely to notice improvements in our overall memory.

Celebrate Arts

Taking time out of our day to admire and embrace the arts can do beautiful things for our brain.  When we paint a portrait, throw a pot or photograph a stunning landscape we are stimulating activity throughout our brain. 

Healthy Diet 

Eliminating saturated or processed foods, and adding green vegetables, berries, nuts, whole grains, fish or poultry can boost our brain power.  Not only will they benefit our entire body, they have also been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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