Be More Alert

Did you know that exercise directly correlates to better memory and swifter thinking? Pull up your workout pants and a cropped top and let’s go.

If you want to instantly strengthen your core, I suggest you go for a short workout along the lines of performing a couple of exercises in the plank position. If plank sounds too intimidating for you, you can always choose the option of staying on all fours or bringing your knees to the ground.

Make sure you warm up first by bringing your knees a little wider than shoulder-width, bending down into a 45-degree angle if you can, holding your arms behind your neck and tilting them, trying to touch your elbows to your knees.

If you wish to warm up your legs simultaneously, you can simply stand on your tip-toes. Then, go into your initial plank position. From which, you can lift one leg to the sky at the time, feeling some extra burn in your booty. You can bring one knee at a time to the ground or swibble your hips from side to side.

Make sure that the palms of your hands are underneath your shoulders and that if you’re in a high plank position, your elbows are directly beneath your shoulders.

If you’re up for the challenge, try bringing your knee to your elbow, squeezing your oblique muscles at the same time.

In the end, don’t forget to stretch in a child’s pose. You can moreover do a figure 4 on your back to elongate your hamstrings.

After each sweat session, there should be a nutritious meal to follow it up. If you don’t know already, a warm cup of cocoa does the trick too.

Along with it, there are more foods that can help you to clearer thinking. Eating right correlates to increased focus and concentration. It also affects your energy levels and how you feel throughout the day.

But you might not always be in the mood for working out. Here are more ways to improve your memory:

Apply what you learn to practice. Repeat, or make notes from what new information and material you’ve got.

The first thing that comes to my mind is reading. 

You acquire new words, phrases, new ways of saying things, and first and foremost, new information. You can always get deeper into things that you’re interested in. The Internet offers endless options. Then, simply make notes and study them.

Some of us retain information better by reading it and writing it down, while others are better listeners. Maybe you want to improve one or the other skill, so practice it. Challenge yourself; it is the only way to growth.

When you write things down, don’t just write affirmations. Also, ask yourself questions. You can repeat them from the text you have read or come up with your own. Then, answer them in practice.

You might never think of it but speaking out loud – even to yourself – helps your brain recognize the words and concepts better.

Mind map. 

It’s a great way to break down information. Make it in a way that you can see the map when you need to pull the information from your memory. When creating it, try not to look at the information. This way, you’ve already done one practice run. You can then always redraw and leave certain areas out deliberately. Remember things in groups or settings so you don’t memorize information by heart but rather in organized and meaningful combinations.

Test yourself.

They also say that practice makes perfect, and so it holds true. Go over the information you acquired in different forms of learning. Write it down, speak it out loud, and simply explain it to others who might be interested in the topic. Ask them questions and they will probably do the same. Come up with solutions and stay curious.

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