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
- 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.
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