5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Young

 

The older we get, the more important it is to keep our brains healthy and active. That’s why engaging in activities that will stimulate our cognitive functions is more important than ever. If you hope to keep your mental focus strong and avoid developing age-related cognitive issues in your older years, here are some ways to keep your brain young.

Engage in Mentally Stimulating Activities

We work out our muscles, so why shouldn’t we work out our brain? The more that you strengthen your brain, the more that it will stay in shape just like your body does. Mentally stimulating activities include everything from reading to learning new languages, to even doing a puzzle. Learn a new instrument, and while you’re at it, try playing sudoku. The more you engage in activities that require your concentration and problem-solving skills, the more you’ll give your brain a great workout.

Stay Social

One of the most important aspects of staying mentally active is being social.  Where we interact with other people we ward off any feelings of loneliness. By engaging in regular social activities, you keep your brain stimulated. From going out for coffee with friends to having interactions with your coworkers, the more you can interact with other people, the more your brain will be stimulated long term.

Eat “Brain Food”

Remember that you are what you eat. It’s important that you eat a diet that’s rich and full of plenty of nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and of course protein sources. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to lower your risk of cognitive decline. Not to mention, diets that emphasize healthy fats are known for protecting your brain’s long term health.

Exercise Regularly

If you thought that exercise was just for your muscles, think again. Physical exercise is also good for your brain because it pumps blood to the brain and can help maintain brain health and stimulate brain growth. If you’re not someone who loves going to the gym, that’s OK. Even something low impact like walking can have a significant impact on your overall health, and reduce your risk of developing dementia. 

Otherwise, you could try out something like swimming or even yoga to improve your cardiovascular health. Aim for at least two hours of moderate exercise a week and your brain will thank you for it.

Get Plenty of Sleep

One of the greatest things you can do for your brain that many people take for granted is sleep.  Sleep rejuvenates your brain and allows it to replenish itself every night. Not to mention getting enough sleep can help you manage stress and keep your brain receptive and reactive. The less you sleep, the harder it is to regulate your mood and concentrate throughout the day, so aim for at least seven hours of sleep a night if you hope to put your best foot forward.