MNA Life Style Desk: We all want to hit the gym at some point in our lives in an attempt to get the perfect beach body or simply to tone our muscles and stay in shape. Building muscles might be our goal, but how often do we think about building our brain? Chances are that most of the people don’t even realize what a great impact exercise has on our brain and how greatly it helps to boost brain power.
Studies show that long-term regular physical activity such as walking helps boost cognitive function in the elderly, including improved verbal memory, recall fluency and attention.
Walking helps to increase blood flow to the brain, bathing it in more oxygen and nutrients for healthier nerves and supporting tissues. It also doesn’t stress the body as much as more strenuous physical workouts, which use more energy, oxygen and glucose.
Have someone show you 5 to 10 different objects, looking at each one for 10 to 15 seconds. Then have your friend place them in different locations around the room. Wait a few minutes, then leave the room and write down, in detail, a visual description of each object and exactly where in the room it is placed. To get the maximum benefits, this exercise should be completed within 10 minutes.
Kids are able to learn new languages and skills faster than adults because their brains are still creating new pathways. As adults we can also create new networks in the brain by challenging ourselves with learning new things.
Try getting dressed with your eyes closed or using your non-dominant hand to do everyday tasks such as eating or using a computer mouse. Mental exercises to stimulate new nerve connections include learning new vocabulary words or words in a new language and reciting the alphabet backwards until you can do it as fast as reciting it forwards.