Imagine if we couldn´t recall the who, what, where and when of our everyday life. Everything from remembering to buy milk in the grocery stores to analyzing the conclusion on the project you came across recently would be a nearly impossible task. So we can clearly say that memory makes us. What´s more, memory is said to be malleable because it tends to decay with age however a strong memory depends on the health and vitality of our brain. Neuroscientists confirm that brain has an impressive ability to adapt and react in ever-changing ways so you can always improve your memory at any age. Here are 5 trick to smarten up in no time:

1. Do a little back and forth.

Eyes may be the window of your soul but they can also be a memory-booster. According to a study in Brain and Cognition moving your eyes quickly horizontally for 30 seconds improves recall by as much as 10 percent. This type of movement may help both sides of the brain communicate better by activating neural pathways to help them `talk´ to each other, which is necessary for retrieving memory.

2. Give your brain a workout

Memory, like muscular strength, requires you to ´use it or lose it´. No matter how intellectually demanding the activity, if it´s something you´re already good at, it´s not a good brain exercise. The activity needs to be something that´s unfamiliar and out of your comfort zone such as learning to play a challenging new piece of music or improving your skills at chess.

3. Don´t skip your physical exercise

Aerobic exercise such as cycling is particularly good for your brain, so choose activities that keep your blood pumping. In general, anything that is good for your heart is great for your brain.

4. Go green

Annals of neurology reveals that people taking memory tests who had a half cup of cruciferous vegetables daily (such as broccoli) scored about 10 percent higher than their counterparts.

5. Make time for your friends

Keeping connected can be a boon for your social life and your recall. In fact people with interaction showed a 50 percent slower rate of memory decline than those with the least, discovered researches at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Try to practice these tips and your brain will not forget to thank you.

This article is written by Inva Mamica and Harmela Sinanaj based on the latest findings on how to improve the memory.

 

References:

  • http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/five-ways-improve-your-memory
  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/memory
  • http://www.helpguide.org/articles/memory/how-to-improve-your-memory