Keep your mind super sharp with these clever online aids!
1. Learn an instrument
According to Dartmouth College, music helps us to boost our brain and remember information. This combined with the enjoyment an instrument can bring, means you're never too old to start playing. If the cost of lessons put you off, you can use online platforms such as Skoove (www.skoove.com) which work across web browsers to offer you courses in contemporary and classical piano, helping you learn quickly and easily from the comfort of your own home.
2. Learn a language
Recent research from the University of Montreal has suggested that learning a language may be one of the best ways to keep your brain sharp. It suggests that speaking a second language can protect against dementia. People who speak more than one language are better at saving brainpower and less prone to being distracted. A great way to learn a language is through the app Babbel (www.babbel.com), which uses your native language and your knowledge of its grammar to help you learn more efficiently and at a higher speed.
3. Listen to podcasts
Exercising our brain by learning new things ensures that our mind is being kept active and listening to podcasts is a great way to do this. With a wide variety of shows available on podcast and audio platform Acast (www.acast.com), you can learn about new things every day, from world cuisine, to history, science and fashion. Dan Snow’s History Hit podcast, which examines the events behind major anniversaries and explores the history behind today’s headlines, is a perfect for boosting your brain! Just choose an area you are passionate about, select the podcast and prepare for your brain to learn new things every day.
4. Work out your brain
Just like your body, the brain needs to be looked after if it is to work at its optimum level. Engaging in activities such as puzzles and riddles are a great way to ensure you are regularly ‘working out your brain’. To ensure that you are looking after your mind, a great app to download for mental wellbeing is Remente (www.remente.com). This clever app combines psychology with brain and mental training, to help users lead a happier life, with fewer stresses. Within the app, you will be able to track your moods, set yourself manageable and successful to-do lists, and improve your memory.
5. Eat well
Food can also affect your brainpower. For example, blueberries contain nutrients that positively impact the nervous system and brain function, helping to combat memory loss, while eating a handful of pumpkin seeds each day can provide you with the recommended daily levels of zinc, which enhances memory and focus. To ensure you're eating the right foods for you, download the health app Lifesum (www.lifesum.com), which allows you to track your daily food and liquid intake and learn more about what you are consuming, ensuring that you are doing everything to look after body and brain.
For more health advice see Yours magazine, out every fortnight, on a Tuesday.