CogniFit's Science blog: Brain Fitness: Have You Peaked?

Brain Fitness: Have You Peaked?

Peaking could be defined as reaching a point where it is as good as it is going to get. Jack Nicholson starred in a movie in 1997 titled "As Good As It Gets" where he attempted to ask this question in his own life. We could do the same thing for our brain fitness.

Is there anything we can do to make it better? Physical fitness and brain fitness are closely related in terms of things we can do to become more fit and healthy. You will find in this post few ideas to try to maintain a good mental health.

1. Exercise. We all know we should go out and take a walk for 30 minutes three or four times a week help improve our physical fitness. We should do the same thing by walking our brains several times a week to help improve its fitness. When you exercise your brain you can generate new brain cells which is a process known as "neurogenesis".

Some of us naturally gravitate to activities such as brain training to exercise our brains on a daily basis. Some people specifically challenge themselves by going back to college or learning something new such as a new language. For example, Phyllis Turner is the second oldest person to get a college degree at the age of 94.

Today computers and smart phones make it possible for anyone to quickly exercise their brain. You can start your CogniFit brain exercises at anytime.

2. Watch what you eat. The L.A. Times reported on May 7, 2012 that a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that 42% of Americans will be obese by 2012. This is a good reason to pay close attention to what you eat. Over the years many studies have shown that what we eat can play a big role in the fitness of our brain.

 The same kinds of food can help you maintain your physical fitness and your brain fitness. Any diet that contains vegetables, fruits, and fish is going to be more healthy for you then eating fatty foods and food that contain high amounts of sugar.

Eating foods that are high in antioxidants can be especially helpful as well. This would include oils, nuts, spinach, broccoli, and even wine and dark chocolate.

Another thing you can do is work at reducing the amount of stress in your life. Try to slow down and enjoy things in your life. Regardless of your age you do not necessarily have to peak in terms of brain fitness.