Most people are aware that a steady program of exercise helps to prevent the gradual loss of muscle mass that occurs in the human body over time with age. Did you know that your brain operates on a similar principal?
According to the Mayo Clinic, human brain cells function less efficiently as a person ages. This can potentially affect the speed of mental processing and the ability of the brain to rapidly retrieve information.
Just as physical exercise keeps your body strong, mental "exercise" can help to keep your mind sharp and agile. One way to "exercise" your mind is to continually challenge yourself by learning new skills. The Mayo Clinic states that, by doing this, your brain will produce new connections between nerve cells that allow them to communicate with one another, thus helping it to store and retrieve information more easily, regardless of your age.
What are some other ways for you to mentally "work out"? Doing puzzles (like the daily crossword or Sudoku), simple memorization exercises, reading, playing a game, and engaging in interesting conversations are just a few of the many things you can do. Tip:
As important as it is to your health to "exercise" and keep your brain strong, it is also important to exercise your body on a regular basis as well. It has been theorized that physical exercise can also help your brain's cognitive ability by facilitating the improved flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. © 2010 Institute of Management Consultants USA