Boost your brain power

Nov 08, 10 Boost your brain power

Have you ever been on your way to the kitchen for a spoonful of dulce de leche only to arrive and realize you’ve completely forgotten the reason why you’re there? Or maybe you’ve desperately looked for your sunglasses and then noticed they were perched on your head the whole time. Damn, are you turning into abuelita before you even hit middle age?

No, they are just the pitfalls of a lazy brain. Memory loss and diminished cognitive abilities occur with age and lack of brain-xercise, which is why you need to give the old gray matter as much of a workout as your abs.Good news is, you can work on both at the same time. Research has shown that physical exercise (especially cardio) boosts brain function, so get those running shoes on! There are many other activities you can do to sharpen your mental skills and prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s.

  • Your morning paper offers plenty: do a Sudoku puzzle or a word game while you polish off your tostada and café con leche.
  • Engage in activities that involve as many of your senses as possible, like gardening or cooking.
  • Take up a hobby that hones your fine-motor skills such as drawing or knitting; or learn a new language or how to play an instrument.
  • Visit Lumosity or download Brain Exercise With Dr. Kawashima for iPhone.

Keep those brain juices flowing and you will have a razor-sharp mind and memory well into your abuelita days!

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