Memory Workout

Did you know that proper sleep, exercise, and diet can help your memory?

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Let’s start with sleep. If you want your brain to function properly, then you need to get a good night’s sleep. This particularly helps in the forming of memories. If you want to be able to remember something better, then rehearsing both during sleep as well as while you’re awake helps you to consolidate those memories more efficiently. There used to be an old myth that you could learn while you’re asleep by listening to lectures or learning CDs while sleeping, but sadly this has been found to be false. Sleep deprivation can severely interfere with the functions of the memory section of your brain the hippocampus. So, typically, those sleep deprived lifestyles tend to have issues with retaining memories.

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Exercise can be beneficial to a good memory because of the norepinephrine released during exercise. This neurotransmitter plays a huge role in the formation of memories. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours at the gym exercising. Even short exercise programs have been shown to help improve memory.

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Now, on to your diet. Diets high in DHA particularly fish such as salmon tuna and swordfish which happened to be high in omega-3 fatty acids are actually good brain food. So not only are those omega-3‘s good for your cholesterol but they also help memory cells communicate better resulting in better memory function. Other good foods that can help with memory or things like flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans, and naturally raised beef products.
So if you want to maintain that healthy memory into those later years, then it may be time to sleep right, get your exercise, and eat right.

 

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Change For You!

Ray Shonk | Exercise | Quest Fitness Gym | Personal Trainer | Kent County MI
I do it for me, and no one else.

 


 I bring this up because it is an issue I recently had to address.

You have to make fitness changes for the right reasons.

You have to want to do get fit for you.

Don’t do it because your friends or significant other tells you to change. Doing it for others will only lead to feeling miserable. If others are criticizing how you look or how fit you are, then they are not people you really need in your life. Be happy with who you are and make those changes because you want to.

You get one shot at life, so make it the best life you can.

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Depression and Fitness 

Depression is a subject I have personally dealt with so it’s time to talk about it.

We all know exercise is good for the body, but it also has many benefits for your mental health too. Research shows that no matter the age or fitness level, regular exercise can be a great tool for your mental health.
Researchers have found that regular exercise can be just as effective as medication (without side effects) in relieving mild to moderate depression. Continuing your fitness path may also prevent a relapse.

The main reason exercise works for depression and mental illness is because, exercise boosts endorphins in the brain, and they make you feel good and energized.