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7 Easy Ways to Keep Your Mind Fit & Healthy

August 7, 2015

7 Ways to Exercise Your BrainAre you like me and walk into a room and forget what you went in for?

Do you forget what you are talking about mid sentence?

Can’t remember names?

Most of us experience this and usually it is just because we are stressed or over worked.  Our minds get tired and why wouldn’t they when they have so much information – most of it trivia – tucked away making our brain cells work overtime.

We have all heard the saying ‘Use It or Lose It’ and this is not only true for the body but also the mind.


As we age it is not unusual to have a lapse of memory and this doesn’t necessarily mean that we are suffering from something more sinister such as Alzheimers Disease.  Some medications can also affect our mental abilities.

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Like your body, your mind needs to be kept fit and healthy as well.

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Did you know that an older brain can create new connections between neurons if given the opportunity?  (Source: Better Health Channel, Vic Gov.)

Here are 7 easy ways to keep your mind fit and healthy

1.  Puzzles

Whether it is crosswords, suduko, cards or cards, these pastimes not only help with relaxation but they make our minds work, so set aside some time each day to do an activity like this.  There are even Web-based Apps, such as Luminosity which provide ‘Brain Games’.  Why not try to conquer the Rubik’s cube!

2. Exercise

As I said, you exercise your body but when we exercise our minds also benefits.  The ‘happy’ hormones as I like to call endorphins get to work and this is the ‘natural high’ you feel after exercising.  Well, perhaps for some after they have recovered.  30 minutes of daily exercise will also keep your mind in tip top condition.

3. Diet

Ensure you have a balanced diet full of healthy food options and includes sufficient B group Vitamins. Glucose provides the brain’s energy so make sure to include some carbohydrates in your diet. 10 Top Foods Highest In Vitamin B12

4. Learn something new every day

Make a point of learning something new each day.  It might just be something trivial or you might learn a language or enroll in a short adult learning course.  Maybe even dust of that musical instrument you used to play.

5. Socialise

Catch up with family and friends for a coffee and a chat.  Conversation stimulates the mind – why not discuss what is happening in politics?  Perhaps, politics is not a good choice, however you get my drift.  Introduce some ‘stimulating conversation’ that makes you think about your point of view.

6. Sleep & Meditation

Again like the body needs rest, the mind needs rest.  Sleep is the ‘downtime’ for your body and mind.  Taking time out to meditate or spending time alone just with your own thoughts will rest your mind.

7. Record your Memories

I thought of this at the end of writing this post.  Writing your memories or events in your life will make you think, especially if it is a long time ago.  It will not only exercise your mind, but leave a lasting legacy for your family to remember you.

Of course, if you are experiencing memory loss regularly, make an appointment to see your Doctor for a check up.


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  • Reply Jebbica August 9, 2015 at 04:49

    Oh Sue, these are amazing! I have Alzheimer’s on both sides of my family and a truly horrible memory, so this is one of my biggest fears. Weirdly, if music is attached somehow, I can remember something a lot better. I can’t remember where I was 5 minutes ago, but I tell you exactly what was happening, where I was, and who I was with, when I heard a certain song. Probably why I’m such a music nerd! Thanks for sharing on #FoodandFitnessFriday!

    • Reply sue August 12, 2015 at 11:55

      Hi Jessica make that two of us as music nerds! I’m the same as you I can remember words to so many songs it is incredible. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and it is sad when Alzheimer’s affect people but I think it is worse for the family sometimes. Thanks for commenting and the opportunity of the link up #FoodandFitnessFriday

      • Reply Jebbica August 14, 2015 at 07:13

        Hey Sue! Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this post on #FoodandFitnessFriday tomorrow!

        • Reply sue August 14, 2015 at 07:31

          Oh wow! Thanks so much Jessica. I was feeling a bit low about my website and now I see this comment you have made my day! See you tomorrow at the link up.

  • Reply Kathleen August 10, 2015 at 16:25

    Great tips for us all to exercise our brains and bodies as they work together not separately. Your a good role model.
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    • Reply sue August 12, 2015 at 11:59

      Oh thank you Kathleen, I try to inspire others so hopefully I can sometimes. I’m not an expert just write from experience. I think because I am just a normal average person it might help others more who get intimidated with the ‘beautiful’ people. Thanks for the opportunity to link up.

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  • Reply Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners August 15, 2015 at 02:09

    I do most of these but not puzzles. I’m not a big fan but I guess I should make an effort to keep my mind working. Should I be concerned that I am talking to myself more and more? lol. It helps me organize my thoughts but when people overhear me I feel like I always have to explain!
    Love this list, Sue, and it’s a great reminder. I love to meditate and have to make a point to make the time more often.

    • Reply sue August 15, 2015 at 08:49

      I love puzzles although I don’t do them unless I’m on holiday! Don’t worry I talk to myself all the time – at least we get a sensible answer LOL:) I suppose we just have to try something so we don’t stagnate. Thanks for the comments and talk soon.

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