Friday, May 3, 2019

How to get a more sharp and active mind

Exercises for the brain: how to get a more sharp and active mind

Perhaps you begin to feel that your brain is slowing down, that you are becoming forgetful or, simply, that you are unable to solve puzzles as fast as you used to. Although we can not reverse the aging process, health experts say it's never too late to start exercising the brain. Participants in a study of the International Federation of Aging carried out in Canada knew that it is possible to keep the brain healthy, but more than half of them admitted that they did not know how to do it, according to the expert in geriatrics Michael Gordon.

"Our brain is the key to good body health, so we have to take the necessary steps to protect it at the same time we stimulate it," he says.

As we age, our brain is also undergoing changes. It decreases its size and some of its cells weaken or die. Like any other organ in our body, the brain can only stay in shape if we stimulate it. "It seems that exercising it helps delay their degeneration, modify memory loss and improve various mental activities," he says. To train the brain, we must start observing our daily habits. Examining the diet, physical exercise and even the way you usually do until work helps improve brain acuity and overall health.

While it is true that some specific foods such as fatty fish and diets low in saturated fats contribute to healthy brain aging, Gordon says that with simple gestures such as eating more fruits and vegetables and restricting extra portions, we can stimulate our coconut.

What is mental power?

Mental power is everything related to your intelligence, emotions, creativity, concentration, memory and other aspects that influence when creating something new, propose a new goal in your life or even with issues related to your health.

You can be physically ready to do an activity or start a new path, but if you are not mentally, you will not get far. You may not even get started.

Again and again, I have stopped doing something that I have wanted for a long time, as well as I have managed to reach a goal that I set and, in turn, to do some project that I wanted to reach and finish. You must have heard thousands of times that perseverance, patience and hard work will take you far and achieve what you want while you think you can do it.

Beyond all those words, have you ever thought about why it is so important to believe with yourself?

Mental power is related mainly to intelligence and cunning. The ability we have as humans to invent or innovate over the years. But we do not stop often enough to think about the emotional part and that it exerts on ourselves. More than once I have felt frustrated, downcast but also with energy and motivation to reach a goal or make some of my dreams come true.

I've always wanted to be a writer, maybe I wandered a bit on the way for another branch, but it has been in my mind and has been part of my dreams for all the time I've lived. The problem for which I did not start before to undertake the path to achieve it, is because I did not believe I was capable of achieving that dream I have wanted for so long. To train your mind and have all those positive thoughts instead of the negative ones, you must give it some training. For this, there is nothing better than to begin by being grateful to no one else and no one less than ... yourself.

Sometimes you forget to be totally grateful to yourself and appreciate yourself enough. It is true that you make mistakes like any other person, but you have and have done many good things throughout your life, so focus on them and thank them. Another way to start your day is always to be grateful for the things around you. Think of one or more things that you feel happy about and that you should thank for it.

You do not need a specific reason or theme to thank, just think of something that makes you happy. I love to get up and just open my eyes, thank for another new day that comes before me. Give thanks for all my family and health, as well as all other aspects of life, but I never forget to thank myself for something good that I have done recently or some time ago.

Practice mental games

For example, crosswords or addictive sudoku can be good for your brain. By requiring basic calculations and spelling skills, mental games put challenges to our head and make us think.

Do exercise

Exercising the body also involves exercising the mind. Carrying out between 30 and 60 minutes of daily exercise such as yoga, cycling, swimming, walking or gardening is a simple (and fun) way to stimulate the brain.


Take a few minutes to catch up on the latest TV news or to comment on an upcoming event or trip. Gordon says that socializing with family and friends helps keep our brains alert.

Eat healthily

Diets that include a wide variety of healthy foods contribute to brain health. "It limits the consumption of caffeine, alcohol, salt, and high-glucose foods and their commercial equivalents (sugar, sucrose) because they increase the risk of diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure, and strokes," explains Dr. Michael Gordon, an expert in geriatrics.

Learn something new every day

From reading or trying a new recipe to learning a word or taking a different route to work. Getting out of the routine and trying new things helps stimulate and challenge your brain.

Learn a language

There are studies that show that bilingualism contributes to better cerebral aging. Gordon adds that, in addition, the brain leaves its comfort zone.

Talk to your doctor

Gordon advises that, if you are over 55, you make regular revisions to check your brain health. "The incidence of diseases such as atrial fibrillation doubles past 55 and increases the risk of suffering a stroke," he says.


Books, blogs, news... Everything that is reading helps your brain learn new words and work memory.

Drink a lot of water

Gordon says that a more agile brain also means having hydration. Unless your medical situation requires a specific amount of water, try to drink at least six to eight glasses a day.

Listen to music

We all know that music is a good therapy and Dr. Gordon says that the instrumental melodies without lyrics help us to concentrate: "Although it has not been proven yet to improve cognitive function, there is evidence that music stimulates brain and reactive function important and positive memories, which can be very useful for people suffering from dementia. " 

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