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Exactly how You Can Offer Your Memory A Boost

mind map
mind map

When you picture things you may help your mind recall points and improve your memory’s capacity. For example, seeing information instead of hearing it may help you remember it at a later date.  Of course, for people who are auditory learners, the exact opposite is true – they remember sounds and the spoken word better than pictures. For visual learners, images and charts can help them remember information and study is greatly improved by using  mind maps and other mapping and graphic techniques.

Use this knowledge to improve your memory. If you are studying, take a short break, no more than 15 minutes each hour and rest your mind to improve your learning.

Keep learning even as you get older. Also keep exercising. Both these help to produce new cells and new pathways in your brain to keep it active and keep dementia at bay.  People who do puzzles and play memory games  or even video games appear to be less likely to suffer from dementia. Mental workouts resemble muscular workouts. You can enhance your memory skills and focus by exercising your brain. Great memory games are crossword puzzles, mind teasers or puzzles, and also word searches.

One of the  best ways to improve your memory is to get enough sleep. Rest is important for both short and long-term memory and if your mind is not operating at 100 %, your memory will certainly suffer. Boost your brain power and memory by getting your eight hours of rest every night.

One tip for remembering something, is to link it with something amusing, such as a funny song, expression, or psychological image. Amusing phrases, tracks, and so on have a means of remaining in your mind even when you are trying to forget them! Make use of that.

Realising that your memory is failing can be very worrying.  There is medication available but getting plenty of exercise, eating healthily and keeping your mind active can all put off that moment when you (or your carer) find you need to take medication.

Improve Your Physical Condition

Fit woman with light dumbbells
Keeping Fit

Being Fit and Healthy

Your physical condition is the state of health you get from the workouts you do and the food with which you fuel your body. Everybody wants to be as healthy as they can, so here are some great health and fitness pointers to use next time you work out at the gym or at home. Following these will also help motivate you to exercise.

Correct Form

When working out, make certain to take your time to workout correctly as well as concentrating properly (no texting!). It is better to do an exercise fewer times but do it correctly, rather than wind up hurting yourself. As you develop better form, you will be able to do more of that type of exercise or do it faster.

Set Your Goals

A goal is a great motivator to have when trying to get fit. And you can change your goals as you get fitter. After reaching one goal, set another, higher goal, so you can keep moving towards life-long fitness.

Listen!

When working out, listen to your body. A little muscular tissue pain is to be expected, especially if you have started a new sort of exercise. But constant discomfort is a different matter altogether and if you experience chest pain or breathlessness, STOP and consult your doctor immediately.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that you have done too much and that you may end up hurting yourself, possibly seriously. Listen to your body. This is not to say you should give up exercise, just to take it easy at first when starting out or returning to exercise after a break. Your motivation here is gradually to build up a good habit, NOT to kill yourself by being a weekend warrior (that is someone who does NO exercise during the week, then overdoes it at the weekend).

Buddy Power

To stay motivated with your physical fitness strategy, try working out with a friend. This can go a long way towards keeping you fully committed to your health. Joining a walking group or a gym with a friend is a great way to keep yourself going.

Keep Moving

To keep yourself moving towards a new goal, especially one that involves repetitions, or keeping moving for a particular length of time, try counting backwards. This will help you achieve more repetitions or keep going for those extra few seconds because you will know that you only have a few more reps or seconds to go. And that will help you squeeze out those last few reps or last bit of effort.

Goals and Motivation

A goal is a good motivator. Fitness is a life-time objective not just a short term one.

No Time to Exercise!

Getting started on fitness

exercise can be fun
Dog enjoying fun as exercise

can be hard. “I don’t know how”, “I don’t have time”, “I can’t afford it”. None of these excuses is true. That’s all they are – excuses! We all know we need to get a certain amount of exercise. That’s a no-brainer. It screams at us from web sites, posters and magazine articles. And we know we “ought” to do it. After all, our families need us and they need us to be healthy. Think how much more pleasant life is when you’re fit and can do things for yourself, instead of being dependent on others unnecessarily.Let’s attack the “I don’t know how” first. Read More…

Taking time to exercise is NOT selfish!

Would you love to do some exercise

but feel selfish trying to find the time?

no time for anything?
trying to find time

Well, just like the airline safety videos say in the oxygen mask video, Help yourself first.

The reason they say that is because you can’t help anyone else (child, spouse, parent, friend, etc) if you collapse from lack of oxygen. Exercise is exactly the same, you need to set yourself first for a while to get the time for exercise. And if you find it difficult to get the time for exercise because of all the other things you have to do, then think about how those others will manage, or not manage if you become ill from lack of exercise! You NEED to put your exercise needs into your regular routine. If you ….. read more here