I workout regularly and I work on my mental and heart focus with a program called HeartMath.
But what about exercising your brain and what would that look like?
Giving your brain a good workout isn’t quite a simple as getting up and talking a walk.
However, many activities will help your cognitive skills and keep you from having age-related memory decline. Start with giving your brain something new and exciting to latch onto, the more complex, the better. The magic happens from there.
Why bother? People who take part in an activity designed to boost brain power experience these long-term benefits:
You Enjoy a Life with Less Stress
Stress is the #1 reason for poor health and productivity. By reducing stress now, you will feel better in your day-to-day life, you’ll live longer, and you’ll have fewer health challenges.
You Find You Experience Fewer Memory Lapses
Having a memory which can stand up to the rigors of aging is one of the most important reasons to stimulate your mind now. By the time you reach the age of 85, you stand a good chance of experiencing memory loss – 35% of people do. Putting the work in now builds for better brain power later.
Your Mood Stays Positive Longer
A brain well-fed with interesting stimuli is engaged continuously, meaning there’s a pleasant influx of positive brain chemicals such as dopamine and other endorphins enhancing your mood constantly.
You Can Concentrate Better
Being able to maintain focus for more extended periods is incredibly essential, especially when you’re planning on staying activity employed past age 65. Making your focus sharper then becomes crucial toward doing so.
You Feel More Motivated
Motivation leads to productivity. If you want to get things done, you need your brain chugging along to keep your willpower strong. Without motivation, it’s challenging to force yourself to consistently complete tasks.
You’re More Creative
Raising brain power means raising intelligence levels. With this comes more flexibility when it comes to mental challenges and finding those outside-the-box solutions to problems.
You Have Better Reaction Times
As we age, we slow down. It’s for this reason why older drivers are forced to give up their driver’s licenses. If you want to pass those driver’s tests and keep your independence, having a quick reaction time is crucial.
You’ll Have Less Vision and Auditory Problems
Believe it or not, even these areas benefit from challenging your mind regularly.
Remember, the crucial thing you need to know in how to challenge the brain is to give it a novel experience, and to ask it to perform complicated tasks requiring deep reasoning skills.
Whether you play games, learn a language, or take up a new hobby, there are numerous ways to keep your mind agile. Engage your brain regularly, and you will be experiencing the benefits for years to come.