Play Puzzle Games
Crossword puzzles, Sudoku and Solitaire are not only a great way to pass the time, they are perfect for keeping your mind active. They help the brain grow neural pathways linked to memory and increase your problem-solving skills. In the long run, these types of mental exercises can even reduce the odds of you developing Alzheimer’s!
Take up running, hit the dance floor, play basketball! Physical activity rushes oxygen to the brain, which is important for maintaining memory. In particular, studies have found that 20 minutes of exercise can make a big difference when it comes to memory function. It keeps the blood flowing, improves concentration and can even help grow new cells in the region of the brain linked to memory. In fact, even exercising after a test can provide benefits. For example, according to one study, people who exercised 4 hours after learning a task retained that information days later.
If you can find time in your schedule, take a 30 minute nap during the day. According to research study conducted by the University of California-Riverside in 2016, people who took naps were more successful at converting information from short-term to long-term memory. Further research has discovered that people who take naps are able to retain twice as much information that they have learned versus those who don’t.