6 Ways to Improve Brain FitnessOur brains are at the centre of everything we do. Therefore, it’s vitally important to ensure we give our brains the very best care. To learn how you can look after your brain, continue reading our 6 ways to improve your brain health.
1) Get moving!
In order to improve your brain fitness, it is also essential to keep up with your physical fitness. Exercise is proven to improve brain function. When your heart rate is increased, more oxygen is pumped to the brain. Exercising also releases nutrients and proteins in the brain that promote the growth of brain cells called neurons. If you’d like to learn more about how you can increase your fitness, why not browse our range of Fitness and Health Courses?
On the flip side, whilst moving your body is important, it is equally as important to get enough rest and sleep – at least 8 hours of it per night. During sleep, your brain rids itself of toxins and regenerates cells, so you wake up feeling renewed – literally! If you find it hard to fall asleep, it might be useful to engage in relaxing techniques such as meditation.
3) Learn something new
When you learn a skill or gain some new knowledge, your brain forms new neural pathways, which are connections in the brain that allow you to access new information. When you practice a new skill or use your memory to retrieve knowledge, you strengthen these pathways over time. You can learn something new by taking one of our online courses!
4) Feed your brain
Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet is an excellent way to keep your brain on top form! Making sure you eat a balanced diet and getting all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals you need is essential to improving your brain function. You can learn more about nutrition by taking our Nutrition Awareness Course. This being said, it is also important to still eat the foods you enjoy and indulge now and again. It’s all about balance!
5) Stay social
Meeting up for a coffee with a friend or spending time with your family may just seem like a nice way to pass the time, but it can actually really help with your brain function. Engaging in social activities has been proven to improve memory recall, increase your mental agility and contribute to preventing mental decline. So why not pick up the phone and call that friend you haven’t seen in a while? Your brain will thank you!
6) Engage in ‘Brain Training’ activities
‘Brain training’ includes anything that gets your brain actively engaged and thinking in a problem-solving way. Some examples of this include completing a puzzle, doing a crossword, solving maths problems or riddles, or playing a card game. Engaging in activities like these can have many benefits, like sharpening your decision-making, planning and memory skills.
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