Being a member at a fitness centre, you spend a lot of your time keeping your body in shape. The good news is, these actions are also working out your mind. Along with physical exercise and nutrition, it is important to do mental exercises. The following tips offer suggestions to keep your mind healthy and fit.
Use Your Brain
Boost your mental capacity by putting your brain to work. Avoid using a calculator for simple math, solve problems by thinking through them, solve brainteasers and logic problems, or complete puzzles.
Reading promotes education, self-improvement and relaxation. A great fiction novel will also leave your brain pondering the plot and developing characters. Studies have also shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progressions of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain engaged prevents it from losing power.
If you’re already not ambidextrous, this task will be more difficult than you may think. Try to use your less-dominant hand to write or eat, it will really stimulate your brain.
Many people take yoga classes to balance their mind and calm their nervous system. It has been found to reduce stress, improve coordination and help with digestion. The practice of yoga is also centred around your breath, which oxygenates the blood to promote optimal brain health.
Known as one of the ultimate brain foods, fish got that reputation for being rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It contains large amounts of the essential fat DHA, which makes up 40% of the fatty acids in your brain. Wild salmon is your best option due to its lower levels of mercury. Supplement options are available for those who do not eat fish. Josh Stryde, a nutrition coach at World Health, recommends a teaspoon of flax each morning (crushed before you eat them), a teaspoon of chia seeds at some point later in the day, and trying to keep your stress levels low.
Some things are better left out of your body to and refined, white sugar is on that list. There is no doubt that sugar is addictive and it creates strong fluctuations in blood-sugar levels, which results in a whole host of health problems. The first step is eliminating sugar from your personal environment. Don’t bring it in the house, try not to visit convenience stores, and most importantly stop using it as a reward for yourself and kids. The more you surround yourself with it the more you will have to fight your willpower and avoid it. This can be a difficult task, but it is worth all the effort.