Friday, December 2, 2011

7 Easy Ways to Increase Your Mental Fitness

Have you ever noticed you don't feel quite as mentally sharp when
you do the same mundane things day in and day out? This is actually
physically true. If you use your brain for new tasks, it gets

Our brains have an ability to actually change structure and
physiology in response to new stimuli and challenges. To give your
mind this kind of food for growth, try some of the suggestions

1. Play mental games. Crosswords, brain teasers, mazes, Sudoku, and
other puzzles are all effective ways to challenge your mind. So try
something new and really give your brain a workout. Even the
occasional video game has something to offer.

- These are especially good if they're new experiences for you.
Someone just beginning crossword puzzles is going to experience
more improvement in mental fitness than someone that has been doing
them for years.

2. Exercise regularly. Moving your body during exercise
accomplishes many things:

- The brain is forced to send stronger impulses to your muscles
when moving vigorously or against resistance.

- The coordination required and the use of muscles not normally
used both challenge the brain.

- The flow of blood and nutrients through the brain is increased.

3. Play music. Learning a new musical instrument is a great way to
challenge your mental fitness. This is particularly true for
someone who has never played a musical instrument.

- Learning musical theory is like learning a new language. Not only
is music an enjoyable way to spend free time, but it's also great
for your brain. Now might be the perfect time to pull out the phone
book and look into piano or violin lessons.

4. Meditate your way to mental fitness. Meditation challenges your
brain by creating a new mental state. It's relaxing, plus it
teaches your mind the ability to focus, which is a huge task for
many of us. Meditation is a great way to improve mental fitness.

5. Read something new every day. Reading is a complicated mental
process that requires processing information quickly. Try reading
something new that interests you. You'll get the added benefit of
novelty, enhance your brain function, and learn something as well.

6. Challenge your memory. Each day, take a minute and try to
remember the previous day. What did you have for lunch? What
happened at work? Try to remember what you did last weekend. What
happened last Christmas?

- Make a list of 10 items and then see if you can remember them
without cheating! Part of the memory loss sometimes associated with
aging is due to not using our powers of recollection on a regular

7. Watch less television. You'll be amazed how much better you feel
in every way if you watch less TV. You can do so many things to
improve your mind and body that you'll never get around to if
you're watching too much TV. They don't call it the idiot box for

Your mental fitness doesn't have to decline dramatically as you
age. The key is to expose yourself to new and challenging
experiences on a regular basis. So break up your routine and try
something new.

Doing something new that makes you really think is even better.
Turn off the TV and work on a crossword puzzle. Take up the guitar.
Try a physical activity that's new to you. There are lots of ways
to improve your mental fitness. You can get started today!

Have a great day ahead...

Yours Truly,
Greg & Alvin

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