Since I often comment, while leading an exercise class, that typing on a computer does your posture no good, I was surprised to discover that a Mayo Clinic researcher had some good things to say about using a computer. Dr. Yonas Geda, a physician scientist with Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, speculated that people who engage in both physical activity and computer use may be healthier, more disciplined individuals.
7 tips to improve your memory from Mayo Clinic
No. 1: Stay mentally active
Just as physical activity helps keep your body in shape, mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape. Do puzzles. Read what you normally skip. Take alternate routes. Learn a musical instrument. Volunteer at a community organization.
No. 2: Socialize regularly
Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress. Both can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to get together with loved ones, and friends. Meet others — especially if you live alone. When you’re invited to share a meal or attend an event, please go!
No. 3: Get organized
You’re more likely to forget things if your home is cluttered. Jot down tasks, appointments and other events in a notebook, calendar or electronic planner. You might even repeat each entry out loud as you jot it down to help cement the event in your memory. Keep to-do lists current, and check off items you’ve completed. Set aside a certain place for your wallet, keys and other essentials.
No. 4: Focus
Limit distractions, and don’t try to do too many things at once. If you focus on the information that you’re trying to remember, you’ll be more likely to recall it later. It might also help to connect what you’re trying to remember to a picture that you imagine or another familiar concept.
No. 5: Eat a healthy diet
A heart-healthy diet may be as good for your brain as it is for your heart. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose low-fat protein sources, such as fish, lean meat and skinless poultry. What you drink is important. Not enough water or too much alcohol can lead to confusion and memory loss.
No. 6: Include physical activity in your daily routine
Physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body, including your brain. This may help keep your memory sharp. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (think brisk walking) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as jogging) — preferably spread throughout the week. If you don’t have time for a full workout, squeeze in a few 10-minute walks throughout the day.
No. 7: Manage chronic conditions
Follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations for any chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. The better you take care of yourself, the better your memory is likely to be. In addition, review your medications with your doctor regularly. Various medications can impact memory.
See ya at the Gym.