18 Best Ways To Keep Your Memory Sharp

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Whenever we forget something, the first thing that enters our minds is that we do not want to succumb to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It is common to forget something once in a while, especially once we turn 40, but is there anything we can do to strengthen our minds rather than let them get weaker and weaker from non-use?

If you don’t believe the old saying, “use it or lose it,” try using your cell phone without your autodial button. If you erase all of your contacts on your phone, how many do you think you will recognize without the caller’s name and phone number coming up together?

Don’t despair. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your mind sharp, from exercises, tips, and foods to eat. Keep challenging yourself every day so your memory will become sharper rather than foggier. Here are some things you can start with right away. There are 18 ways you can sharpen your memory all the time.

 

1. Exercise regularly at your full capacity

If you are just starting to exercise daily, start out slow; however, if you have been exercising already, try to build up to an activity at a moderate level for around 150 minutes every week or 75 minutes weekly of cardio at your full capacity.

 

2. Stay happy

Scientists have found that people who are happy were 60 percent more able to keep their memory sharp and less likely to end up with a cognitive impairment. Adults who are older and have less stress in their lives received higher scores on tests dealing with their memories.

 

3. Let enough of the little stuff go

Our minds are dealing with more and more information every day. You have passwords to keep track of, statistics to remember, names, places, and people to log into your brain. At some point you are going to have to drop some data in your memory to make room for all of the new stuff.

 

4. Challenge yourself

Make sure you keep challenging yourself, whether it is remembering phone numbers without consulting your phone or keeping track of everyone’s birthdays. Add another test as you master each task.

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