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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Three Ways To Improve Your Memory

Posted by patrick

By Ian Yang

Many people will experience memory loss in their life. It is often a very frustrating experience and often a very discouraging occurrence. Luckily, a good mental workout each day is all it could take to improve your brains mental ability. Here are three surprisingly fun ways to keep your mind in shape.

Perhaps one of the more well known games that can both help improve your memory and prevent you from losing it in the first place is crossword puzzles. Perhaps the most famous crossword puzzle is that found in the New York Times newspaper each day. If you are not familiar with crossword puzzles and then stay away from the one in the New York Times. It's notoriously difficult. Go to your local bookstore and pick up a beginner or intermediate book of crossword puzzles. Completing just one of these each day is all it takes to give your mind a daily workout it needs.

Another effective strategy to improve your memory is learning a new language. Learning a new language really gives the brain a total workout. It is not important which language you learn. The key is to choose a language that you are interested in. You want to make sure that you will be able to maintain interest over the long term. Do not think that you have to actually develop the ability to speak fluently in the language, although that would be an added bonus. The result is not as important as the daily process of studying. Of course, you want to make enough progress so that you remain interested.

One of my favorite ways of giving my brain a challenging workout is a game of sudoku. Sudoku is a numbers game played on a grid. Sudoku puzzles come in beginner, intermediate, and advanced difficulty levels. Many people claim that sudoku is highly addictive. If you get bored of doing crossword puzzles or learning a new language, then start completing a sudoku puzzle everyday. Your brain will not know what hit it.

Now that you get the idea of what it takes to improve your memory and keep your brain in shape then you can start looking around for other kinds of puzzles that interest you. Another good one is jigsaw puzzles. And, there are dozens and dozens of other puzzles debt will be just as effective. Go to the bookstore and skim through a puzzle book. Since any puzzle will do, all you need to do is pick one you like.

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