10 Ways to become Memory Fit
How often is it in a day that you forget something you wish you hadn’t? It has been proven by scientific research that the human brain starts to remember things from the womb. Each of us is born with an average memory but yet, it starts to work just 20 weeks after conception and the human brain's storage capacity is virtually limitless! But yet, why is it that in our everyday lives, we cannot seem to retain information perfectly no matter how large or small the information is?
Aging is the biggest risk factor for many brain diseases, most of which affect brain structure and function. Hence keeping your memory healthy is as vital as keeping your body fit. Here are 10 memory techniques to be used to achieving the best possible results when applied in your life:
- Test your recall
Make a list — of grocery items, things to do, or anything else that comes to mind — and memorize it. An hour or so later, see how many items you can recall. Make items on the list as challenging as possible for the greatest mental stimulation.
- Let the music play
Learn to play a musical instrument or join a choir. Studies show that learning something new and complex over a longer period of time is ideal for the aging mind.
- Do math in your head
Figure out problems without the aid of pencil, paper, or computer; you can make this more difficult — and athletic — by walking at the same time.
- Take a cooking class
Learn how to cook a new cuisine. Cooking uses a number of senses: smell, touch, sight, and taste, which all involve different parts of the brain.
- Learn a foreign language
The listening and hearing involved stimulating the brain. What’s more, a rich vocabulary has been linked to a reduced risk for cognitive decline.
- Create word pictures
Visualize the spelling of a word in your head, then try and think of any other words that begin (or end) with the same two letters.
- Draw a map from memory
After returning home from visiting a new place, try to draw a map of the area; repeat this exercise each time you visit a new location.
- Challenge your taste buds
When eating, try to identify individual ingredients in your meal, including subtle herbs and spices.
- Refine your hand-eye abilities
Take up a new hobby that involves fine-motor skills, such as knitting, drawing, painting, assembling a puzzle, etc.
- Learn a new sport
Start doing an athletic exercise that utilizes both mind and body, such as yoga, golf, or tennis.
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