Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Do You Need To Take Your Brain For A Long Walk? Help Your Child Exercise Their Brain

It has been proven that you can have a healthier mind by exercising it regularly – this prevents brain degeneration[i] and assists with deep learning[ii]. We’ve compiled a list of four brain training activities which can improve you and your child’s memory – preventing cognitive decline and assisting with enhanced learning.
1. Fun logic, focus and memory puzzles.
Giving the brain a good work out is crucial in developing deeper neuron connections, which improves memory recall, and prevents the breakdown of old connections. It would be correct to say that the brain utilises a ‘use it or lose it’ mentality, so exercise is the key. Head over to Math Playground[iii] to find some fun logic and problem-solving puzzles!
2. Mnemonic Devices.
Mnemonic devices are tricks to help you remember core information through association. A good example would be the 9 times table trick using your fingers. The importance of mnemonic devices has been outlined in science, as we can take advantage of them to elevate our ability to recall quickly and effectively[iv].
3. Get a good night’s rest.
It has been proven that our short-term memories are filtered into long term memories when we sleep[v]. If you’re not getting between 7.5 and 9 hours a sleep per night, you aren’t giving your brain enough time to store all the day’s information. Sleep quality is based on cycles, so try to ensure that your sleep schedule allows for all 5 of the sleep cycles (each one is around 1.5 hours)[vi].
4. You are what you’re made of.
Getting a balanced, nutritious diet can be a struggle in our hectic day to day lives, however, studies show that improving your diet can boost cognitive function. Here is a list of ‘healthy brain foods’ for you to try next time you’re in the kitchen;
1.       Fatty Fish (Omega-3)
2.       Whole Grains (Glucose)
3.       Lean Protein (Amino Acid)
4.       Leafy Green (B Vitamins)
By introducing these complex nutrients into you and your child’s system, your bodies and minds will be healthier than ever, which will help you and your child retain information.

[iv] Bellezza FS., “Mnemonic Devices: Classification, Characteristics, and Criteria”. 1981. Available at:
[v] Sarode DP., Mathie ID., Gao NP., Gray LI., Monaghan IJ., Preston AP., Twomey J., Watters M., “A sleep to remember: The effects of sleep on memory”.  2013. Res Medica Volume 21, Issue 1.

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