The stress of our daily lives places huge demands on our mental abilities. It seems that every week, we need to know more about our industries, just to keep up with the trends, and even more to keep growing and developing in our careers. But life is not all about work, it should be about enjoying a healthy and active life. Fitness can not only improve your quality of life but help your memory stay sharp and clear and throughout the work week.
There had been countless studies over the last decade concerning aerobic exercise and brain health,and according to Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas “research shows the tremendous benefit of aerobic exercise on a person’s memory and demonstrates that aerobic exercise can reduce both the biological and cognitive consequences of ageing.”
The study had found that regular aerobic exercise such as walking or cycling three times a week led to increased brain blood flow, in particular to the hippocampus, the memory center of our brain, resulting in better cognitive functions. Want to keep sharp? Hit the treadmill class!
Yes, we all heard that. The more we use it the better it becomes. That not only applies to something related to your career but pretty much to anything. Learning a new language, trying a new workout, or a board game – anything, which strikes your fancy, will also help you to keep your brain fit.
Ever thought of learning Spanish or playing guitar? This is good in all ways – keeps your brain fit, makes life interesting and will score you some friends as well.
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It’s unlikely that you will increase your IQ by playing these, however, studies have found that your ability to remember things, and solve problems can be greatly increased by playing a variety of memory games.
And meanwhile they do not increase your natural intelligence, they do exercise working memory capacity, which is a cornerstone of your mental abilities. Working memory is the brain’s ability to multitask and solve problems we encounter daily, as well as recall things learned in the past. It affects everything we deal with.
This one will not make you smarter, but rather neglecting it will make you less intelligent. The bad news is, that over and over studies had confirmed, that lack of quality sleep leads to the poorer functioning of the brain, so in order to stay sharp, you got to get your basic sleep done.
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Preferably at the same times of the day, in the dark, cold room under a blanket. Sleep is also one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle, and if you want to see results in the gym, you’re going to have to start looking at your nutrition, workouts and above all else, SLEEP!
Why not try out these four ways to keep your brain sharp, meanwhile getting fit and making some friends in the process? Don’t want to go at it alone? Get your friends involved! Whether it be exercise, brain games or learning the guitar, everything is so much better, when you do it together!
Original article by feature writer Jane Sandwood
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