Scientists say that after 60 our brain is not what it used to be. But that doesn’t mean we should give up. No matter what anyone says, our gyrus are what make us exist, live, and make money for ourselves and our family. They help us solve problems and sometimes even create them. That’s why it’s so important to keep your brain active.
If you’re over 60, your body really isn’t what it used to be. But it’s silly to give up on the idea that it’s old age and there’s nothing you can do about it. On the contrary, you should make more effort to train your memory and intellect. This way, you will stay healthy longer.
In this article, I want to share with you a few tips that I myself use to keep my gyrus in the condition of a 30-year-old. And it really works!
The first exercise
Go to the library or buy any children’s math book. Suitable textbook for the 4th or 5th grade, where there is already a lot of arithmetic, but few formulas (we do not need them).
Next, start solving examples. You can do this incrementally: first 2-3 examples a day, then a whole page, then several pages… It won’t take you very long – just 15-40 minutes a day. But the effect on your brain will be colossal!
How does a children’s math book help the brain, you ask? I know it sounds pretty ridiculous, especially if you have a college education. But don’t jump to conclusions!
British scientists conducted a study of brain activity in people in old age and encountered unexpected results: it turns out that elementary school teachers are much better thinkers in old age than middle and high school teachers.
But what does it have to do with? It’s simple: in elementary school there is always more arithmetic, simple calculations that develop the brain’s ability to think quickly. In contrast, math in high school is more about logic, thoughtfulness, and long calculations. These are necessary things in your 20s or 30s, but they are not necessary in your 60s and beyond.
The second exercise
The second advice on how to make your gyrus work is much more accessible and simple:
If you live in the city, you probably go out on the streets. Chances are you see hundreds or even thousands of cars parked or passing you every day.
All you have to do: start looking at the license plates of these cars. See a few numbers, sum up them. See the next car and the next number – sum up them again. Try on your way to the store or the bank to do this. It’s not hard and it’s even fun.
For example, you saw a car with license plates 142 and quickly counted to yourself: Okay, 1 plus 4 plus 2, that’s 7!
The simple calculations. It’s even easier than solving textbook examples. Then, after a few days, you can make it harder: start subtracting, multiplying, or dividing the numbers you see on the car numbers.
The third exercise
And here we come to the third and final tip, which will not only help “shake your brain”, but also culturally enrich it.
Do you have a favorite poet? Do you have a favorite poem? Even if you don’t, pick any book and poet you like and start learning poems. Memorizing passages of works by heart is a great way to get your brain working like a youngster.
Why do you think children in schools are taught to memorize poems? The answer is memory training. By memorizing poems the memory of the brain work more faster and became more capacious.
Imagine that the gyrus of our brain are muscles like the muscles in your arms and legs. What do people do to their muscles to keep them from becoming flabby? That’s right: they exercise them. So don’t give your gyrus a chance to become flabby.
So make it a rule to sit down every night with a cup of tea and a volume of your favorite poet. Then read. Then memorize and repeat!
This is the most effective and most useful exercise for brain training after 60!