You’ve heard about cross training to build strength in different muscles systems in your body, but what about cross training your mind?
By trying new things, you can stimulate connections in different parts of your brain. These connections cause nerve cells to create brain nutrients, making the cells stronger and your memory better.
Step outside of your normal routine and take these brain teasers for a spin:
Brush your teeth with your other hand: This may sound weird, but it actually works. By doing things like squeezing a toothpaste tube or brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand, you’ll use the opposite side of your noggin. According to researchers, this can expand parts of the brain that control tactile information.
Switch up your mornings: Avoid falling into the same routine every day. Take a new route for your morning run or try eating breakfast after you get ready for work. By changing the order of even daily tasks, you can spike the level of activity in your brain.
Smell the roses: You might not remember the first time you associated the smell of crackling bacon with breakfast or fresh-cut grass with a garden, but those first associations helped create new neural pathways in you brain. Try to connect a new scent with your daily activities, like spraying lavender essential oil on your pillow before bed or using a new laundry detergent.
These are only three ways to fight memory loss. Read more ways that you can exercise your brain.