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How to Exercise Your Brain for Better Memory

Maya Pillai Dec 24, 2019
There's a saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But it has been proven wrong when it comes to the brain. The human brain has the ability to adapt to a change at any age. You read it right, "At any age, including Old Age." This ability to change and adapt is known as neuroplasticity. It has been proven that neuroplasticity can

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As we age we not only lose our muscles but also our brain's cognitive reserve. Exercising the brain helps to improve memory, and thereby gradually increase the brains cognitive reserve.
A great way to start your brain exercise every morning is working out the Sudoku, or the crosswords that are in the morning newspaper.

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Solve a Jigsaw Puzzle

A great way to exercise as well as challenge your brain is to work on a  jigsaw puzzle. Begin with a simple one and gradually move on to a complicated puzzle.

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Playing Cards Improves Memory

A card game such as bridge, rummy, solitaire and hearts are known to improve thinking skills as well as your memory.

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Visualization Exercise

Watch this video a couple of times, and try to recollect the hues, shades and shapes shown here. As you practice you become aware of your present moment, also remember and recollect what was said and what you saw.

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Learn Something New

Learn a new skill or pursue a hobby that you have been wanting to do for long. Learning something new or complex  as skiing is an ideal exercise for an aging mind.

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Draw a Street Map from the Memory

Whenever you visit a new place or an area, try drawing a map of the place/area once you get back home/office. Its an interesting exercise to improve your memory. Trying to read a map is also a challenge for some.

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Practice Meditation

Practicing mindful meditation can help to improve mental flexibility, attention span, focus and empathy. In the long run meditation is known to bring in calmness to the mind and improves your working memory.

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Redefine your Hand-eye Coordination

Take up a hobby that challenges your motor skills. It could be anything from juggling,  knitting, crocheting, painting and even dominoes.

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Challenge your Taste Buds

Attend a cooking or baking class-. Here you would have to use all five senses. Its a wonderful brain workout. Try to find out the individual ingredients used such as the subtle herb or spice in your food, thereby challenging your taste buds and your brain.

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Physical Exercises

Take care of your body to take care of your brain. Go for a walk, jog or run. These physical exercises are required to exercise your brain.