1. PLAY GAMES THAT CHALLENGE YOUR BRAIN
While the jury may be out on the benefits of some mobile brain-training apps, the science behind games such as crosswords and number puzzles shows they really do help maintain your mental horsepower, even well into the later stages of life.
A study from the University of Exeter and King’s College London looked at the effect of puzzles, including crosswords and Sudoku, on adults older than 50 (sorry for all the younger players who got left out, but bear with us, here). The study involved 19,000 participants, who were asked how regularly they played word and number puzzles. They were given cognitive tests to assess different brain-related tasks, such as focus (or concentration), the ability to recall from memory, and reasoning. The researchers found that the more regularly people played these puzzle games, the better they were at these types of mental tasks.
Dr Anne Corbett, the lead researcher from the University of Exeter Medical School, commented on the results: “We’ve found that the more regularly people engage with puzzles such as crosswords and Sudoku, the sharper their performance is across a range of tasks assessing memory, attention and reasoning.
“The improvements are particularly clear in the speed and accuracy of their performance. In some areas, the improvement was quite dramatic – on measures of problem-solving, people who regularly do these puzzles performed equivalent to an average of eight years younger compared to those who don’t. We can’t say that playing these puzzles necessarily reduces the risk of dementia in later life, but this research supports previous findings that indicate regular use of word and number puzzles helps keep our brains working better for longer.”
There’s also a growing body of research highlighting the benefits of playing other types of video games. In a study, “Games to do you good”, neuroscientists found that even action-heavy games such as Call of Duty and Unreal Tournament have benefits, including being better able to identify visual details. So the next time someone tries to give you grief when you’re engaging in some virtual warfare with your friends (or enemies), just tell them you’re training your brain.
2. KEEP FIT
While gym bunnies may view regular exercise as a way to keep themselves feeling and looking fit, and some of us groan when we run out of snacks and have to walk to the kitchen to get more, there’s no doubt that exercise is good for your body. But did you know that certain kinds of exercise not only offer you great physical benefits, but they’re fantastic ways to keep your mind in peak condition as well?
It would’ve been nice to find out that all those bicep curls or squats that you’ve been doing to keep your arms and buns in shape also provide major benefits to the brain, but the science seems to indicate that it’s aerobic exercises that offer people the most benefits. A study from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada found exercises that get your heart racing can increase the size of your hippocampus (part of the brain with a major role in learning and memory), as well as improve its functioning by helping to reduce insulin resistance and inflammation. Another study (from the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, US) also noted that aerobic exercise can increase the anterior – not to be confused with posterior – hippocampus. Both of these studies found that these benefits can improve memory.
The good news is that this doesn’t just apply to exercises like running. A brisk walk, swimming, dancing, or other similar heart-racing fun and physical activities (wink, wink) that push up your pulse rate can also provide the same benefits. (What better excuse can you have for a bit of aerobic fun, people?)
3. ENJOY A HEALTHY DIET
Those of us looking to get a greater mental edge on the competition won’t need to study for hours, take dips in cold water, or become fluent in the art of meditation or yoga (although most of these can actually help). No, one of the easiest things you can do to keep your brain fighting fit is to eat the right foods. That’s it: just pick delicious meals that contain some of these ingredients, and you’ll get all the natural goodies you need to keep your brain ready to shout “bingo”!
Here are some of the foods you’ll need to eat, and the nutrients they’ll give you:
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Anonymous / 28 February 2021