Going hand and hand with fitness for your body is working your brain! We have so many activities in our lifestyle these days that do not help us with keeping our brain sharp, but we can make some simple changes in our life can help keep our brain active and aware well into our golden years.
Research shows that memory loss may start as early as age 45 in both men and women. Being 51, this greatly concerns me! How many times have you walked into a room to get something and forgot what you were going to get? I know this happens to me frequently, and I am working to get focused more and develop a routine to working out my brain.
In addition to taking my organic food supplements, here are some tips I found that can help you keep your brain focused and sharp:
1) Pick Up a Book. Reading is so beneficial for your brain! Whether it be for personal development or for pleasure, picking up a good book or even reading it on your table can get your brain working. My goal is to read one book for personal or spiritual development and one book for fun each month. It really doesn't matter if you read for enjoyment or personal growth, just make sure you read!!
2) Complete a Puzzle. Keeping your focus to finish a puzzle these days is challenging!! I can't remember the last time I did a puzzle, but I recently saw a good friend of mine, Taline Manassian, posting on Facebook that she completed a puzzle and it made me want to do one. If you have kiddos, this is great family bonding as well and will keep them busy on those cold weekend days when they can't get out.
3) Word of the Day. Learning new words is great to keep your brain working. There are programs you can sign up for to receive a new word each day. Merriam-Webster word of the day has such a program if you are interested in looking into this.
4) Memorize Mobile Numbers. How many phone numbers do you have memorized? I have hundreds of numbers in my cell phone, but there are only two numbers I have memorized . . . mine and my husband's! How easy it is to let technology handle all our information. What if that phone was lost or destroyed? I hope to at least commit to memory phone numbers for my family and good friends and hope you will consider joining me.
5) Video Games. While I know some of you are saying . . . NO . . . video games that actually work your motor skills and make you use your brain can be very beneficial. Take for instances Words with Friends that is essentially Scrabble online. This game helps me learn new words and create words from tiles that keep me actively using my brain. Another game that is good is Tetris which my husband just got me interested in. It keeps your motor skills working fast as well as decision-making skills to keep your brain sharp!
While these are just a couple of ideas, there are numerous other ways to keep your brain sharp and active! Just look online and you can find many activities that will keep your mind working and developing.
Have you ever thought about accomplishing something . . . whether it was a career choice or personal goal . . . and felt there was no way you could do it? I have had those thoughts often in the past and, honestly, still do sometimes! It is easy to doubt yourself, but I truly believe if you put your mind to anything you really want to do . . . you can do it!
This video was taken during a speech I did for my 10th speech in Toastmasters which is usually presented to try to motivate fellow Toastmaster members and guests (video courtesy of Capital City Toastmasters member, Louis Burns). I hope you enjoy and really listen to the message . . . you can do anything you set your mind to if you just believe in yourself! God bless!