It’s no secret that our minds can gradually weaken the older we get – we find ourselves misplacing our keys more often than usual or walking into a room and forgetting what we wanted to do/get in there. This is all completely natural! We have all been there. However, in light of these “senior moments,” it’s important to keep our brains healthy.
Keep reading for 3 helpful MapHabit™ tips to keep your brain healthy!
Tip #1: Move/Exercise Often
Sit less. Move more. We’re sure this tip doesn’t come as any surprise. Of course, we’re not saying you need to join a gym and sign up for the most intensive class on the schedule. Alternatively, we recommend simple moderate exercise at least 4-5 times a week. If you feel comfortable mixing in a few spurts of high-intensity training – like cycling or weight lifting – then go for it! If you want to take things slower, walking for at least 15 minutes each day is a great way to start.
Tip #2: Crossword Puzzles/Reading
A highly effective way to keep the brain healthy is by keeping it engaged. Do you love sitting down with a crossword puzzle each morning? Keep it up! Or, grab your favorite James Patterson novel and set a weekly reading goal. According to a recent study at Yale University, those who read at least 3.5 hours each week have a higher chance of living longer. Other activities that are great for engaging the mind include word searches, journaling, sudoku puzzles, or drawing. You could even try sitting down with your grandchildren and helping them with their math homework.
Tip #3: Change Your Diet
“You are what you eat,” right? That saying is especially true when it comes to our memory and overall brain health. Of course, many fruits and vegetables enhance brain health, with blueberries being one of the top “brain foods.” Nuts, olive oil, and coffee also make the list. For those of you who love your morning cup of joe, you can now drink it knowing it’s truly good for you! On the flip side, foods to avoid include artificial sweeteners, processed cheeses, and saturated fats. For a more detailed list of which foods are considered “brain food,” click here.
We hope you have found these suggestions helpful! If you or a loved one are currently living with any form of impaired memory or dementia, MapHabit™ can help you live better.
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