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Brain Health

on May 17, 2012

I hope you are all getting a chance to get out and enjoy this gorgeous weather in Seattle!  We need to get all the natural Vitamin D we can while it’s here.  Hopefully, too, you are taking your vitamins and eating tasty, nutritious combinations of foods.  It’s a great way to keep your body healthy and help keep your immune system strong!

Next up, I’m going to tell you how to take care of your brain’s health.  Omegas provide great nutrition for your brain, but exercise is important, too.  Lumosity is a favorite website of mine to keep my brain healthy.  I know that I have mentioned Lumosity to some of you, but once again I am encouraging you to get your brain exercising.  Just as you move your body to keep the muscles from getting smaller as you age, so too can you thwart cognitive decline with regular brain exercises.  Don’t forget (ha!) that the brain is a muscle, and as such, it should be worked out, too!

Using the Lumosity website, you can track your progress, read plenty of information on brain health, and play a bunch of fun games.  If the site isn’t for you, then here are a few other options to keep your brain healthy.  Some of them you may already do!

  1. Learn how to play an instrument or learn a new skill.  Taking a cooking class or learning to play the piano will challenge your brain.
  2. Play games!  Video games, crossword puzzles, and golf are all good ways to keep your mind guessing.
  3. Exercise!!!  The varied exercises and challenges to your balance are good ways to keep your brain in tune with your body.  I know you all have this one down 😀
  4. Read a different genre than you’re used to reading.  The same type of book won’t stimulate your mind as much as reading something you’re totally unfamiliar with.
  5. Turn off your television and practice your storytelling skills.  Storytelling is a great way to enhance your memory and recall skills.  It’s also a great way to spend a night around the campfire!
  6. Practice doing tasks with the opposite hand.  If you always use your right hand for opening the door and brushing your teeth, try using your left hand.  It gives the other side of your brain a workout and creates new pathways for your brain to use!
  7. Get creative!  Make up new recipes or walk a different route than usual.  The more you change your routine, the more you give your brain a workout!

So, have fun and challenge yourself!  Brain workouts sure won’t leave you sore, but they will definitely improve your cognitive function.  Bring on the games!


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