It's brain o'clock! With a few simple strategies built into your daily routine, you can keep your grey matter healthy.

8am: Brush with the opposite hand 

Developing new brain networks can involve something as simple as putting your hairbrush or toothbrush in your non-dominant hand. Why? It challenges coordination and concentration.

 

9am: Do some downward dogs 

Morning sun salutations increase brain function. A 20-minute hatha yoga session is all it takes to improve focus and help you retain information.

 

10am: Put your watch on the other wrist

Making this change demands more brain power than you’d imagine. It sounds simple, but just try it.

 

12pm: Do a crossword over lunch 

Word searches and puzzles are entertaining and they exercise your mind too, keeping the old grey matter firing.

 

3pm: Practise your French

Download a language app and brush up on foreign phrases or learn a few verb endings. Bilingual people are better at preserving their memory and problem solving as they get older.

 

 

4pm: Take a coffee break

Follow up your French lesson with a coffee. Studies have shown that people who have 200 mg of caffeine (think a Starbucks cappuccino) right after learning something new have better recall when tested the next day.

 

6pm: Make salmon for supper

Older people who eat seafood—at least two servings a week— have been found to have less Alzheimer’srelated damage in their brain.

 

7pm: Sign up for an evening class 

Whether it’s a cooking class or a history lecture, research has found that adults who took a college course boosted their cognitive capacity and cut their risk of developing dementia.

 

10pm: Hit the sack at a reasonable hour

A good night’s sleep helps both your ability to learn and your memory, research has found.

 

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