4 things to start doing now to combat an aging brain

Have you found yourself misplacing keys lately, or even forgetting names? As we get older we tend to forget about some things that came easier in life. Mind slips, tip-of-the-tongue forgetfulness; whatever it is, it’s never easy to accept that with old age comes an aging brain.

Meditation has been advised as one way to stop the brain’s aging. Adopting a strict diet is another way that’s been proven. Even Einstein had his own ways of dealing with an aging brain. But not everyone is a genius, and for that we have a guide to providing us with a gameplay to battle aging brains and forgetfulness.

The Washington Post recently dove into the topic to list a few ways people can better prepare themselves and keep their mind healthy as they get older. From exercise to dieting, there are certain steps that people can take to combat an aging brain.

Exercise

Whether it’s getting 10,000-steps-a-day or 5,000 steps daily, keeping your body active is a great way to get your brain functioning and running properly. Exercise enhances cognitions due to blood flow; when someone exercises, it means more blood and more energy and oxygen.

In short: your brain performs better.

From the report:

Physical activity has been shown to promote neurogenesis — the formation of new neurons — and so it’s not surprising that exercise would help keep your mind sharp. In 2012, Zelinski published a meta analysis on methods to improve cognition in older adults.

“What we found is that exercise was just as effective as doing any kind of cognitive training like brain games,” she says. “Moderate exercise, even just walking, seems to be fine,” Zelinski says.

Quit smoking

Pretty simple: it’s bad for you (and wastes a lot of time at work).

If you’re a smoker, quitting the habit is the No. 1 thing you can do, says Elizabeth Zelinski, a psychologist at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. When it comes to cognitive decline, “Smoking is probably the number one risk factor — it affects your nervous system and vascular system,” she says, and detriments to either of those systems can accelerate memory problems.

Train your brain

Exercise might keep you physically fit but giving your brain an exercise can be extremely beneficial. The report said computerized brain games or staying socially engaged with those around you.

Diet, diet, diet

We know you’re tired of hearing about this one, but there’s one diet that actually helps slow down cognitive decline.