Just like the muscles in your body, your brain needs stimulation and activity to prevent atrophy and maintain mental health. In this article, we’ll highlight five ways you can exercise your brain for optimal results!
- Exercise. There are many studies that show that exercising actually promotes brain health. One study published in the journal Neurology, showed that physical activity could slow brain aging by as much as 10 years! This doesn’t mean that you need to be an athlete but activities such as walking, gardening, yoga, or simply being active during the day can also have major benefits to your cognitive abilities, so get that body moving!
- Diet. Eating foods that are rich in anti-oxidants help neutralize free radicals. Nutrition is good for the mind and body. Following the guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (diabetes.org) will help ensure you’re eating balanced.
- Brain Exercises. There are a variety of brain fitness programs that help your brain process language, hearing, speed, and accuracy. Some of these programs are games while others are more instructional. You can also exercise your brain with puzzles, learning a new card game, or other activity that challenges you.
- Sleep On It. There is no revolutionary information here. Relax and get a good night’s rest. It’s the body’s opportunity to rebuild itself and a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Discuss any sleep concerns with your physician. Many sleep disorders are now easily treatable.
Easy access to a fitness center, a nature walk, or a Fitness and Wellness Coordinator can go a long way towards helping you stay on the right path.
The bottom line is that as we age, we have to make an extra effort to take care of our bodies, and that includes our brains! Just a few activities a day can help keep your brain young.
For more information on the Fitness and Wellness programs offered at Baywoods of Annapolis, contact us today!