Train Your Brain

Something I have been thinking about lately is brain health.  A week ago a friend of mine suffered from multiple seizures in one week.  This was very scary for her.  I reached out to her to help in anyway I could.  Having suffered from seizures myself, I was hoping to help her find someone to talk to about this.  While we were talking I started giving her tips to help with not only her physical health and fitness but also her brain health.  I am by no means an expert or a doctor but these are just tips that I try to focus on for my own personal brain health.  Lately I have not been as good as I could be, so I am going to focus more on not only my physical fitness but my brain health as well.  

Research from the Alzheimers Associations has suggested that combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.

Read A Book

I love audiobooks and podcasts while I drive to work, but I have been focusing on actually reading a new book.  Try picking a topic you are not familiar with or a style of book you usually do not read.

Learn Something New

Our family set goals for 2017 and one of my goals was to learn something new.  This summer I plan to learn how to play golf!  Try learning a new language, instrument or sport.  

Drive A New Route

I am guilty of driving the same way to work each day.  So lately, I have tried alternative routes.  Last week I drove a new route to work and stumbled across a new juice company and later that week ended up having a green juice there with my best friend.  

Play A Game

Try a crossword puzzle or Sudoku, this can really help you stimulate your brain.  There are a lot of free brain games online too.  This week I plan to work on a puzzle.  

Eat Brain Boosting Foods

Incorporate brain boosting foods like avocado, blueberries, oily fish, coconut oil, leafy greens, nuts and eggs into your daily meal plan.  

Be Social

I am not talking online either!  Get off social media and actually go out with friends and enjoy a great conversation.   According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “people who engage in regular social activities may maintain better brain health”.  I know when I go for a run with my girls we talk  the entire time and it leaves me feeling great.  

Sleep

Work on your sleep hygiene.  Try to get at least 7 or more hours of sleep each night.  Adequate sleep is essential for health, as it helps you solidify memories and learn new skills while allowing your muscles to grow and your fat to burn. In addition, sleeping maintains the circadian rhythms that govern your immune system and metabolism.

Practice Mindfulness and Yoga

Taking a yoga class or having a daily meditation practice can help with focus.

Practice Self Care

Start finding ways to reduce stress (like meditation or journaling). Practice deep breathing techniques  to help deliver oxygen to your brain and help you relax.  

I hope you find these tips helpful and can incorporate some of them into your weekly fitness goals and plan.  Have an awesome week!