Jog Your Memory

"Use it or lose it!"

“Use it or lose it!”

Here’s something that will blow your mind—on average, our brains have 100 billion (that’s 100,000,000,000) nerve cells and each cell receives 100 messages a second. Wow!  Unfortunately, as we age, we begin to lose our brain cells—about 40,000 to 50,000 a day.  It’s a good thing we have so many!  Another good thing is our brains will continue to grow and create new neural pathways if we exercise them.  So, it’s never too late to boost your brain power.

For this week’s ‘enlighten’ tip, here are some active ways to help you “jog your memory.”

  • Lose the calculator.  Start relying on your own noggin for calculating numbers when it comes to balancing your checkbook or figuring out your gas mileage or what tip amount to pay.  Or, try adding up the cost of the items in your grocery cart while shopping.
  • Learn a new language.  Studies have shown that learning how to speak a new language challenges the brain and reinforces the neural connections that are important to preserving memory.  Just learning how to say “hello” and “good-bye” in six foreign languages can make a difference.
  • Go for a jog.  Maybe this is how the phrase, “jog your memory” originated.  (It seems to me there’s some kind of shaking involved!)  The key here is when we exercise our bodies, we are also stimulating our minds.  Aerobic exercise improves blood flow to the brain and increases the production of endorphins and other ‘feel good’ brain chemicals.
  • Make mental notes with music.  The next time you need to remember something, turn it into a jingle.  After all, “Extra value is what you get, when you…” Did it come back to you in a flash?  How many times have you belted out all of the lyrics to a song you haven’t heard in years?  There’s no doubt music enhances memory, so by all means, take advantage of Karaoke night.
  • Play head games.  A great way to stretch your mind is to stimulate it by playing games such as: suduko, crossword puzzles, bridge, Scrabble or chess.  One of my favorite card games as a kid was ‘Concentration.’  You can play a version of the game on the computer by clicking HERE.

So, remember 40,000-50,000 brain cells could be lost each day.  Just THINK and it won’t have to be that way.

About Annette Cain

Annette Cain is an award-winning author, endurance athlete and certified personal trainer.

Known as the Longevity Lady™ Annette helps baby boomers age stronger so their bodies can keep up with their lives. Her ageless lifestyle products and programs provide an easy and balanced approach to becoming lean & limber and living younger longer.

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