The saying goes “you can’t teach a old dog new tricks,” but scientific research has shown that this just isn’t true when it comes to the brain. Humans have an amazing ability to adapt and change throughout the entire course of their lives, even well into old age. Thanks to neuroplasticity, with the right type of stimulation our brains can react and readjust to almost any situation by altering existing neural connections and even forming entirely new neural pathways.
The brain’s marvelous ability to rewire itself is especially true when it comes to learning and memory. By utilizing the natural power of neuroplasticity, you can boost your intellectual abilities, increase your ability to learn new skills, and enhance your memory at any age. Here are eight scientifically proven ways you can improve your memory.
8. Exercise Your Brain
By the time you’re an adult, your brain has built up millions of different neural pathways that enable you to solve problems, carry out familiar tasks easily, and quickly process information. But if you always stick to the same well-worn neural paths, you’re probably not giving your brain the type of stimulation it needs to continue developing. Just like your muscles, the more you work out your brain, the stonger it gets, and the stronger it gets, the easier it will be for you to process and remember information. Try seeking out activities that are both challenging and rewarding, but will also teach you something new or build upon an existing skill. The best exercises for your brain are those that disrupt your existing routine and require you to develop new pathways.