Keep Yourself Sharp: Implementing Mental Workout into Your Routine

You must have heard it everywhere: the key to a healthy lifestyle embedded in keeping a healthy diet and exercise a couple of times a week, doing any kind of sports that you like. But how many times have you heard about keeping your mind in top shape?

Exercising your brain is just as important as being physically active – it’s beneficial both in the shorter and longer-term, and the research about it develops and progresses all the time. By implementing simple tools and even games into your everyday life, you can keep your brain young, and even improve your memory, focus and mood.

Luckily, cognitive training doesn’t have to be a task that you dread – in fact, you might as well have been doing it on your way to work for as long as you can remember – and you weren’t even aware of it. Different games and mobile-apps offer that exact stimulation your brain needs to train itself. You might have been filling sudoku while commuting, or played scrabble online.

Being aware and dedicating time to brain exercise is also important for your overall health. If you think about it, the brain is also a muscle, and unlike other muscle groups, the brain is constantly working – even and especially when we sleep. As the “motherboard” of our bodies, a well functioning brain will also improve the functionality of other parts. For example, some vascular and heart functions were proved to improved by regular cognitive exercise.

So how can you work with your brain? Here are a few suggestions. You can play an instrument, or at least trying to learn it – the practice of learning something new is always exciting to our brains, so don’t be alarmed by potential headaches. Forget mobile calculators, do some math problems in your head – and if you feel advanced already, try taking a walk or doing some other physical activity during solving that problem.

Surprisingly, cooking is also good for your brain. Not only that you’ll end up with a delicious meal, cooking something new, or even taking a cooking class presents a challenge your brain has to conquer, and new tastes and smells can work wonders on your brain muscles.

If you’ve mastered all of those, how about learning another language? Learning anything new, as we’ve established, is a good challenge to your brain, and a foreign language is a perfect way to make sure you get out of your comfort zone. Last but not least, remember that many systems in our body are connected to one another, so even picking up a new kind of sports is a great food for thought.