Getting Over The Hump Wednesday…Exercise for the Brain
Since I was a young I always tried to be physically active usually through Tahitian dance and running. When I started to hit my 30’s I began to feel aches and pains in my body and exercise helped to alleviate the pain. Another thing that I noticed about myself is that on occasion I seemed to be forgetful. I blame it on my lifestyle being a mother, wife, entrepreneur…etc.. It seems like I am switching hats and burning out fires all day. By the end of the day I can be MENTALLY DRAINED. Honestly I think about if this mental drain could lead to Dementia or Alzheimer’s. The brain is also a muscle but how can anyone do exercise for the brain?
It is believed that people who are mentally active have less decline in mental thinking, and will be able to slow down the onset of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. A report on WebMD.com explained that once Dementia and Alzheimer’s has already set in, people who stayed mentally engaged during their life time will experience a faster decline in the disease. Therefore, in some cases staying mentally active will prolong mental capacity for those that will experience Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and cause them to suffer the worst part of the disease towards the end of their days.
Another report by medical news today says that their could be a possible link between mental stress and Dementia and Alzheimer’s. In a study done with stressed mice large traces of beta-amyloids where found in their brains, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s. The article also went on to say that for those who are bilingual and have had intellectually challenging jobs throughout their lives have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. As we get older most people never think about doing brain exercise.
Here are some brain exercises to help stimulate the brain such as:
-Pick a new hobby, like learning a second language or a musical instrument.
-Play board games, invite friends together for a weekly game of cards because social connections also help your brain.
– Do crosswords, number, or any other kinds of puzzles.
-Play online memory games or video games.
-Read, write, or sign up for an adult education class in your location
I already started my brain exercise this morning by using the opposite hand to eat.