Skip Nav
Summer
The 25 Best Exercises to Tone Your Abs (and None of the Moves Are Crunches)
Beginner Fitness Tips
Why Deadlifts Are the Best Exercise For Weight Loss
bodyweight challenge
30-Day 6-Pack Abs Challenge

How to Make Your Mind Sharper

Your Healthy Resolution: Improve Mental Sharpness


For anyone who feels like their brain has slowed down, there's no need to blame this situation on age — it's not the only factor in this equation. If your healthy resolution for 2013 is to improve your mental sharpness, each of these tips and techniques will help your work towards this healthy (and admirable) goal.

Stay active with friends: Regular fitness boosts your mood, but working out also promotes brain cell growth. The study also found that loneliness can hinder the effects of exercise on the brain. Investigators found that mice who lived together grew brain cells after exercising on running wheels, while the ones who were kept isolated and exercised did not. Just another reason that having a fitness buddy works!

Sleep right: Sleeping too little can affect your brain function, but sleeping too long can also make you sloth-like. A study conducted by a senior research fellow from the University College London Medical School found that sleeping less than six or getting more than eight hours of sleep is associated with a decline in brain function. Do your best to get between seven to eight hours a night to keep your brain working at its highest potential.

ADVERTISEMENT

Keep reading for two more tips to keep your brain in check.

Don't rely on lists: Instead of pulling out your shopping list right away, make your brain work for you. Challenging your brain to recall the information you need will test your memory. Just make sure you take a peek when you think you've grabbed everything you need. This way you won't have to make a second trip — or feel silly.

Try out online resources: Now more than ever there are plentiful resources on the web to help keep your brain sharp. Whether it's brainteasers, word puzzles, or specific training programs from websites like Lumosity, use your screen for some solid brain training instead of getting sucked into a TV show marathon.

Image Source: Corbis Images
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Paleo Diet Experience
Turmeric Milk
What Breast Cancer Can Look and Feel Like Photo
Essential Weight-Loss Rules That Can't Be Broken
Why Do I Bruise So Easily?
How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds