Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, especially as we get older. An active brain helps improve mood and memory in the short term, as well as preventing conditions like Alzheimer’s in the long run. Here are five ways you can keep your brain sharp:
1. Exercise Physically
Physical activity is on this list namely because being active can help keep you coordinated! Exercise also gets the blood flowing and thus gets more oxygen to the brain, improving cognition, mood, and concentration. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous either, practicing yoga or tai chi is a great way to get the body and mind on the same page.
2. Play Games
While “train your brain” games are a part of this list, any kind of game can be used to keep the mind active. Both board games and video games are great ways to exercise the brain with strategy, planning, and memory. Playing a game for fifteen minutes a day is a great way to keep your brain active.
3. Practice Mindfulness
Staying on top of physical health is important but taking care of your mental health is equally as important. To help with depression and anxiety, practicing mindfulness skills can boost your mood and even relieve some stress. Meditation, listening to music, or just experiencing the world around you are all mindfulness techniques, and they can be done anywhere at any time.
4. Eat as Healthy as You Can
Healthy eating can improve brain development when we’re young and improve brain function when we get older. Healthy fats and oils are essential for positive brain development. If possible, try eating foods with fish oils (omega 3), olive oils, whole dairy, and nuts like walnuts or almonds.
Finally, one of the best ways to keep the brain occupied and active is to spend time with other people. While we socialize, our brains have to focus on conversation, recall memories, and complete other tasks as well depending on the situation. Also, all other activities on this list can be done with a friend!
Socializing in person can be very difficult sometimes, especially during a pandemic. Other ways we can socialize with others include communicating through phone and video calls. Some video games also have a voice chat function to make multiplayer communication easier as well.
If you have any questions about how you can improve your mood and exercise your brain within your limits, speak with your primary care physician. To browse exercise items that can facilitate your experience, visit the Medical Supply Depot.