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BRAIN POWER

Mental Exercise

 

Mental Workouts for the Brain

Mental exercise for the brain is just as important as physical exercise for the body. Doing crosswords or math problems - any type of brain activity to enjoy doing will help maintain brain function.

A UCLA study has demonstrated that in just 14 days of memory exercises and stress reduction used together with a healthy diet and physical exercise improves brain and cognitive function.

Just like physical fitness, when you are mentally fit, the brain doesnt have to work as hard to accomplish tasks. Participants on the healthy longevity plan incorporated the following into their daily routine:

  • Brain stimulation - memory exercises such as crossword puzzles and brainteasers were conducted throughout the day.
  • Physical fitness - daily walks
  • Diet - five small meals a day of a balanced diet full of omega-3 fats, antioxidants and low glycemic carbohydrates like whole grains.
  • Stress management - daily relaxation exercises.

The conclusion, following an anti-aging program improved brain performance in verbal fluency [a cognitive function] improves memory and brain function.


Impact of Stress on Brain Function

Stress causes the body to release cortisol, a hormone that can impair memory and damage brain memory cells.

Having a lot of stress in your life also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. Try exercising more, meditation and not getting worked up over little things.

 

Mental Workouts

Just as daily weight repetitions in the gym or jogging strengthen certain muscle groups, mental exercises will strengthen and enhance cognitive functions over time.

Try these Mental Workouts

 


 
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