Your brain is like any other muscle, it needs exercise to stay in shape. Want to boost your brain power? Here are the best ways to exercise your mind.
Try to exercise at least three times a week. Even a 30 minute brisk walk can boost your learning, concentration and abstract reasoning by 15%. It can also reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s and dementia by 60%.
Add More Fish to Your Diet
A study in France has shown over 8000 people found that by regularly consuming omega-3 rich oils they are 60% less likely to develop dementia than those who don’t. The best sources of omega-3 are tuna, herring, mackerel and salmon. If you don’t like eating fish you can always take supplements. The French study also found that people who eat any type of fish once a week are 40% less likely to get dementia. Eating more fish is definitely great for boosting your brain power.
Learn Another Language
According to a research at University College London, people who speak more than one language have better brain development. They studied bilingual people and found that the mental effort in learning a new language had made actual structural changes to their brain. The younger you learn the language, the bigger the improvement. Those who could speak more than one language had denser grey matter (the area that controls memory and attention in your brain).
Take a Power Nap
According to New Scientist magazine, just 60 minutes of rest is enough to rejuvenate your brain. A short nap may even improve your memory.
Move Your Eyes
A great way to boost your memory and increase your brain power is to move your eyes quickly from side to side. A UK study showed that doing this for 30 seconds can improve your ability to remember a list by 10%.
Do a Neurobic Workout
Try making small changes to your daily routine to stimulate your senses and your mind. They can be simple things from taking a different route to work, unlocking your door with your eyes closed or even shopping at a new supermarket.
Do Things Early
Our brains are the sharpest in the morning. So if you have an interview, report, test or anything tricky, try doing it first thing in the morning.
Do Brain Exercises
Workout and stimulate your mind by doing puzzles. If you find they are tricky, try starting off with easier puzzles first before tackling harder puzzles.