- Aerobic Exercise: That’s right, getting your blood flowing not only benefits your heart, lungs and muscles, but also your brain. The better your blood circulates, the more nutrients can make it to your brain. Even just a half hour of exercise can make your brain work better right away.
- Dancing: Along with all the brain-benefits of aerobic exercise, dancing may help the brain even more because it involves mind-challenging movements like coordination and planning.
- Yoga: Strike a pose. Yoga has been proven to boost mood and enhance concentration. It might even help prevent cognitive decline in older adults.
- Golf: Again, here’s another way to help your body and your mind. One study suggests, “golfing causes structural changes in the parts of the brain associated with sensorimotor control.”
- A Good Night’s Sleep: It’s become way too easy to take sleep for granted in our crazy busy lives. But here’s one more reason to make it a priority. Sleep boosts concentration, memory and learning.
- Breaking a Routine: When you stick to the same old same old, you give your brain permission to turn off. To keep your mind fresh and sharp, change it up a bit. Try taking a different route to work or brush your teeth with the opposite hand.
- Flossing: Here’s a shocker. We all know we should, but I’d be willing to bet most of us don’t floss as much as our dentist would like us to. So here’s another motivator. A build-up of plaque in your teeth can actually trigger an immune response that makes it more difficult for arteries to deliver important nutrients to the brain.
- Writing by Hand: Handwriting is becoming a lost art, but you might want to think about reviving it. Writing by hand can improve cognitive skills like learning and memory. Plus, studies have shown that adults who are learning a new language retain it better when they handwrite the words.
- Positive Relationships: Just another reason to reach out. A study of elderly adults revealed that those with good relationships had less memory loss. If it works for them, it’ll work for you too, so put aside some time for your friends and family.
- Laughter: Maybe laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter can actually help you to think more creatively. Open a speech with a joke, crack up your colleagues and giggle with the girls. If laughter is contagious, maybe brainpower is too!
- Meditation: Take a deep breath. Actively quieting your mind for even just 10 minutes a day can do wonders for your brain. Meditation can improve memory, decision making and attention span. The more you do it, the easier it will get.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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