Keeping your memory is a challenge as we age. We all know how diet, exercise, and healthy sleep habits are an important part to helping your brain stay in tip top shape, but what if that is not enough? Here are simple, yet effective, mental exercises we can do to keep our brains alert and our memories fresh.
Mental Math Problems
With the rise of smartphones, having a calculator at your fingertips is easier than ever and a time saver. Even if you do not have a calculator handy, our natural reaction is to do a math problem with a pencil and paper. But, doing mental math can actually improve our cognitive functions in our brain. So, next time you tipping the waitress at a restaurant, figure it out in your head, even if it does take a little bit longer.
Take a Cooking Class
Learning how to cook new and exciting things engages the brain in multiple ways. We use all 5 of our senses including taste, smell, touch, sight, and sound while making a delicious meal. All of these different senses involve separate parts of the brain to work in unison to keep your brain working hard and thinking clearly.
Improve Your Fine-Motor Skills
Picking up a new hobby such as knitting, drawing, or even doing a puzzle can develop your hand-eye coordination. This keeps your brain working while working with your fine-motor skills as you age.
Pick Up a New Sport
We all have our go to workout routine or usual sporting activity we like to participate in. Learning a new sport challenges your brain in a different way while being active. It goes against our preset muscle memory and helps our hand-eye coordination as well.
These simple exercises help improve brain performance as we age into our later years. At the South Coast Post Acute community, we help to make sure your brain stays sharp and active. By being a part of our community, you have all the resources and support to keep your brain performance youthful and bright.
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