How many times have you walked into a room and forgot what you came in for? It's something we all do, but when you experience those small memory lapses, it's a good idea to look at your lifestyle habits.
It's generally known that brain development occurs in the early years, overall function peaks in early adulthood, and cognitive skills decline in old age. The only problem? Your brain's memory center should work well even as you begin to age, and your demanding lifestyle could be to blame for its decline.
Throughout adulthood, our overloaded brains are exposed to stress, harmful chemicals, bad eating habits, lack of rest, multiple distractions, and many more adverse conditions. All of these contribute to poor memory and decreased ability to focus.
Luckily, no matter your age, you can develop habits to boost your memory and bring your brain's functioning back to optimal again.
1. Exercise Makes You Smarter
It's a wonder doctors don't prescribe exercise as a remedy for many brain ailments! Studies have found that regular exercise improves blood circulation in the brain and expands the brain's memory center (hippocampus) by "one to two percent per year, where typically that center would have continued to decline in size."
While you exercise, the brain's nerve cells multiply, allowing better overall connectivity. But it doesn't end there. The nerve cells produce proteins that stimulate the release of chemicals and hormones that promote learning, improved memory, and overall feelings of well-being.