3 Ways to Strengthen Your Mind
Regardless of whether you were the star athlete in high school, there is no doubt that you would like to remain physically active no matter how old you are. Well, researchers at The Center for Healthy Aging and the Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that physical performance later in life may not only depend on your performance on the field, but also in the classroom.
“Our study clearly shows that the higher intelligence score in early adulthood, the stronger the participants’ back, legs and hands are in midlife. Their balance is also better,” said PhD student Rikke Hodal Meincke from the Center for Healthy Aging and the Department of Public Health.
According to the research team, the reason why a higher IQ could lead to a healthier lifestyle later on could be due to the overall ability that males with a higher IQ have to grasp healthy concepts, as well as doing research of their own to maintain their health overtime.
Previous studies show there might be more than just one correlation to being fit and being smart. So while being smart in your youth could cause you to be fit when you are old, a study conduced by University of Georgia found that even briefly working out can boost brain health and memory function.
So, if you currently lack motivation to go to the gym, let your mind just be one more reason to talk yourself into working up a sweat.
There are ways to target your brain, and you can get your body and brain functioning healthier and earlier in the day (even without coffee). In addition, allowing yourself to challenge your brain function can sharpen your memory and keep it healthy as you age.
Since the brain is similar to a muscle, it gets stronger with practice. Here are a few ways to exercise your noodle.
1. Test your memory
Remember the memory card matching game that you used to play when you were little? Channeling your inner memory tricks, is a great way to keep your brain sharp. According to Everyday Health, working out your brain is easy and doesn’t take long. Stay in touch with your brain by testing your memory skills — write a list and then try to memorize it, and an hour later come back and try to recite the list. This is an easy way to create mental stimulation.
2. Avoid sugar
According to Fernando Gomez-Pinnila, Ph.D., and professor of neurosurgery at UCLA, sugar can affect how you think. Gomez-Pinnila told Men’s Fitness, “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term may alter your brain’s ability to learn and remember information.” Maintaining a standard diet, and avoiding excess sugar throughout your life will help keep your body and brain healthy, and allow your mind to stay in shape, even when you get older.
We know, you may be out of school, but that is no excuse to stop learning. According to CNN, the saying “use it, or lose it” really applies to your brain. Always trying to learn and challenge your mind keeps it fresh. Try taking up a new language, or testing your skills with crossword puzzles, books, or math games. Your brain loves to be challenged, and it is up to you to do this, no matter how old you are.