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Want more out of your life? Improve your memory

Can you remember what you had breakfast exactly one week ago? How about what you had for dinner? Go further back in time, can you remember what you wore for work on the first Monday of last month? I can’t, and I guess you’ll have great difficulty remembering too.

It’s okay to forget trivia such as in the questions above unless you’re involved in court proceedings. But, a good memory is necessary to perform well at exams, getting along with others and in the Business world. And, if your want more out of life improving your memory will make a big difference.

There is an abundance of advice and tips on the internet and in books on improving your memory, but probably the easiest tip to apply is a little bit of exercise. We all know that aerobic exercise is good for the heart, but

Aerobic exercise “keeps cognitive abilities sharp and slashes your lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s in half,” says John Medina, an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and author of Brain Rules.

So what can you do if exercise and visiting the gym doesn’t come naturally to you? Here are some tips which you can regard as business as usual for your normal day activities but can be extended so you get some exercise without making it an ordeal:

Tip 1. Aim for around 2.5 hours exercise a week by walking briskly to your destination from where you park the car. Or, combine this with parking the car that bit further from your destination. I park my car about just under a mile away from the train station and it involves climbing a hill on the return journey. I get the benefit of a downhill walk going to the station

Tip 2. If you catch the bus to work get off at a stop earlier than you do normally combine this with getting on at the next stop from the one you normally get the bus

Tip 3. Do you normally take lunch at your desk or in the staff restaurant, take a walk to buy your lunch and take the longer route back to the office

Tip 4. Did you know strengthening your muscles can also strengthen improve your memory? A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine last year found that when women 70- to 80-years-old, who already had symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, did one to two hours of weight training two days a week for six months, they had better focus and decision-making skills than those in a control group who did only balance and toning exercises.

Buy some hand weights and pump up those muscles, remembering to warm up and cool down for each exercise routine by stretching out.

Can you remember what you had breakfast exactly one week ago? How about what you had for dinner? Go further back in time, can you remember what you wore for work on the first Monday of last month? I can’t, and I guess you’ll have great difficulty remembering too.

It’s okay to forget trivia such as in the questions above unless you’re involved in court proceedings. But, a good memory is necessary to perform well at exams, getting along with others and in the Business world.

There is an abundance of advice and tips on the internet and in books on improving your memory, but probably the easiest tip to apply is a little bit of exercise. We all know that aerobic exercise is good for the heart, but

Aerobic exercise “keeps cognitive abilities sharp and slashes your lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s in half,” says John Medina, an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and author of Brain Rules.

So what can you do if exercise and visiting the gym doesn’t come naturally to you? Here are some tips which you can regard as business as usual for your normal day activities but can be extended so you get some exercise without making it an ordeal:

Tip 1. Aim for around 2.5 hours exercise a week by walking briskly to your destination from where you park the car. Or, combine this with parking the car that bit further from your destination. I park my car about just under a mile away from the train station and it involves climbing a hill on the return journey. I get the benefit of a downhill walk going to the station

Tip 2. If you catch the bus to work get off at a stop earlier than you do normally combine this with getting on at the next stop from the one you normally get the bus

Tip 3. Do you normally take lunch at your desk or in the staff restaurant, take a walk to buy your lunch and take the longer route back to the office

Tip 4. Did you know strengthening your muscles can also strengthen your memory? A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine last year found that when women 70- to 80-years-old, who already had symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, did one to two hours of weight training two days a week for six months, they had better focus and decision-making skills than those in a control group who did only balance and toning exercises.

Buy some hand weights and pump up those muscles, remembering to warm up and cool down for each exercise routine by stretching out.

Check out this video of a really simple exercise to remove brain fog or dullness, at the time of writing it’s had over 160,000 views.

Just think, next month if you’re asked what you had for breakfast this morning, or what you wore last Monday for work, you might actually remember.