How To Improve Memory

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.

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About Vic

As a retired Commercial/Missionary pilot and administrator, I started taking SilverSneakers® classes in 2007. Although I had kept up minimal jogging and biking, I had little lean body mass and extra fat, so I started lifting weights and joined a Group Power barbell class. Later I was challenged to use free weights for heavier lifting and body weight exercises for flexibility and functional fitness. The SilverSneakers® Coordinator asked if I would train to teach the class. Little did I realize that it would take almost a year, four classes, a practical evaluation, plus an on-line 100 question test, to complete the certification. I am still impressed with the research and years of practical experience that has gone into the SilverSneakers® model.
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4 Responses to How To Improve Memory

  1. Joan says:

    Re: using the computer – that is good news that I am helping my brain, but now…to keep my posture up, that is the problem!!

  2. arnoldbivens says:

    Vic, good work setting up the site. interesting information,i will continue to monitor the site. Arnold

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