10 Brain Exercises That Keep Your Memory Sharp

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4. Wake up and smell the vanilla.

Many of us wake up in the morning and drink fresh coffee. You can just change your usual morning routine and wake up to something different! It can be the smell of vanilla or roses. Keep an extract of your favorite aroma for a week and open it when you wake up in the morning.

This exercise is very easy and is described in the book Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness by Larry Katz and Manning RubinBy smelling a new odor in the morning, you can activate new neural pathways.

5. Wear earplugs in the middle of your daily routine.

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Larry Katz and Manning Rubin also advised wearing earplugs. For example, you can do it when you join the family for breakfast. Experience the world without sound! But don’t forget to warn your loved ones that today you are trying a new technique.

Our morning routine can make us half-listen since our brain has a pretty good idea of what to expect. Block your major sensory route by wearing earplugs and use other ways to accomplish simple tasks like eating or drinking coffee.

6. Clench your fist.

The US psychologists say that clenching the right hand for 90 seconds helps in memory formation. The same movement on the left can improve memory recall.

This conclusion was made after an experiment with 50 adults who performed better at remembering words from a long list, while clenching their fist.

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