Posted on: 16 August, 2019

Memory boosting exercises that you can do every day

As we age, our physical health is not the only aspect of our being that begins to decline. Our cognitive abilities can also take the hit - but this can be improved through practising mentally stimulating tasks.

As we age, our physical health is not the only aspect of our being that begins to decline. Our cognitive abilities can also take the hit, with our memories rarely remaining as sharp as they once were. Our physical health is boosted by engaging in regular exercise, and similarly, we can improve our cognitive health through practising mentally stimulating tasks.


Thanks to neuroplasticity, our brain’s ability to constantly change over time, we have the ability to learn and absorb new information. This gives us the freedom to boost our cognitive abilities, even in old age. We can slow down our cognitive decline simply by making a few small changes to our daily lifestyle.

Write and memorise lists

Whether you’re heading out to do your weekly grocery shop, or you’re dedicating your day to carry out some errands, take the opportunity to create a list. Any kind of shopping or to-do list will suffice – but try not to make it too lengthy. Once you’ve created your list of items or tasks, take some time to try and remember as much of it as you can, before carrying on with your day. Then, an hour or two later, try to recall as many items as possible. You might not remember as many as you’d like initially, but if you practise this occasionally, you should notice an improvement in your memory over time.

When you’re out and about

Next time you head out, subtly notice a passer-by. Choose four things that you can see in relation to their appearance – such as their hair colour, the material of their clothing or any accessories they’re wearing. Then, carry on with your day as usual and later on, try to remember the items you saw. This will train your brain to notice and process the things that are going on around you, which most of us forget to do all too often.

Take up a new hobby

If you’ve got enough time on your hands, use it to learn a new hobby. In order to boost your cognitive function, you should try to learn something that improves your fine motor skills – such as knitting or drawing. Alternatively, you could learn a musical instrument or pick up a new language.

Cook something new

Cooking, in itself, is great for brain health – it provides a full sensory experience, and is therapeutic for many. To make it a more challenging activity, try learning a new recipe. Your brain will work harder to transfer the written information into physical activity, and the use of new ingredients works well to stimulate the brain.

Try yoga and/or meditation

Yoga is widely appreciated for the physical and mental health benefits it provides. Not only does it improve flexibility and blood flow, but is also builds a mindful connection between the mind and body itself. Combined with meditation, these practises can help to encourage a stress free, clear mind that makes daily challenges seem less overwhelming.


In addition to the above, simple changes to your daily routine – such as brushing your teeth with the other hand – can help to activate different parts of the brain and thus improve its overall health.

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