How do you keep yourself physically fit

Fit in the head: How to keep your memory fit in everyday life

Set new stimuli!

People reach the peak of their physical and mental performance between the ages of 25 and 30. Then it goes downhill. Sounds bad, but on closer inspection it is more of an incentive than drama. Because you can do something about it! If you manage to set a lot of new stimuli - both physical and mental - you can even become more productive.

Always stay flexible

Mental fitness is by definition the capacity of our memory. You can not only achieve it by consciously solving tasks or puzzles, you can also do a lot through exercise and with the help of a healthy diet. The most important thing is to remain flexible in all of the areas mentioned. For example, you should move around in a variety of ways, eat variedly and mentally allow your perspective to change as often as possible. So take a look at the world from a different point of view - for example through the eyes of your boss, your partner or children.

Why drinking makes you mentally fit

Adequate hydration is important for the head to perform its cognitive functions. The human brain consists of 75 to 80% water, which is why it is extremely important to drink enough fluids.

It is recommended to drink approx. 2 liters of liquid per day, preferably water and calorie-free or low-calorie drinks, such as Gerolsteiner mineral water. Depending on your body weight and physical activity, the recommended amount of fluids may increase. It is important not to wait to be thirsty, but to regularly supply the body with fluids. This is particularly important with mineral water. The intestine can only absorb around 200 ml of fluid per quarter of an hour, so it absorbs the minerals from mineral water better if you drink smaller amounts regularly than if you drink a lot at once.

The best board games to train mental fitness

Accessing learned knowledge has little to do with mental flexibility. Therefore, even crossword puzzles usually don't do you much good. Clever board games, on the other hand, really challenge you and help you get fit in your head. Here are three recommendations for the next game night:

Professor Pünschge - Everything is (um) conceivable

Pünschge is an absent-minded professor who makes his way home from his laboratory every evening, still solving problems in his mind. The path he uses follows a logic that is not apparent at first glance. There is a lot of new information at each of his stations. But it is not that easy to interpret this information correctly and to bring it into a conclusive sequence ...

Bezzerwizzer

5,000 questions in 20 different knowledge categories, and then the one big question of which tactic is the best to decisively weaken the opposing team. Demanding and very entertaining.

Activity

The party classic. The teams have to explain terms to each other, paint or pantomime them without naming the term itself. It's great fun and above all promotes creativity.

Pure nature makes you creative

The ability to creatively solve problems can be increased through intensive nature experiences. This was proven by a US study. 56 hikers went on four to six day tours in the wilderness and had to solve various tasks both before and after. A not entirely unimportant detail: Before they set off, they handed in all their electronic devices, i.e. cell phones and the like. The astonishing result: After their tours, the hikers' ability to creatively solve problems was on average 50% better.

Fit in the head: two tips for creative nature experiences as food for the brain

scavenger hunt

A good way to be creative in nature can, for example, be a scavenger hunt with friends - be it in the traditional version or GPS-supported as geocaching. A scavenger hunt includes tasks and exercises that will keep you fit. Your brain is stressed, you are in the great outdoors and have fun at the same time.

Climbing forest or high ropes course

A visit to a climbing forest or high ropes course is just the thing for everyone who has a head for heights and likes to face challenges with friends. The purest adventure!

Brain jogging in everyday life: mental fitness exercises

In everyday life you often have to achieve top performance - not only physically, but also mentally. The perfect training for your brain is basically all movements that address the sensitivity and motor skills of your feet and hands. Why? Because these body parts are represented by a particularly large area in the brain. Therefore, humans are also able to perform finer movements with hands or feet than with the knee, for example.

The following training exercises for the brain can be easily integrated into everyday life:

Juggle

Juggling with balls can usually be learned quickly and increases brain performance enormously. The dexterity and eye-hand coordination are trained, and the body and brain are well supplied with blood through the gentle movements when throwing and catching. It is best to start with two balls and only switch hands when throwing them up at the same time. Important: Don't give up on challenges like these if it doesn't work right away! This is precisely why the whole thing is so effective, because muscles and nerve cells have to do and learn things that they have never known before. And the whole thing is especially fun when you try it out with friends or colleagues.

Ambidextrous writing

This simple concentration exercise trains both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. And this is how it works: Simply write numbers or letters in the air with your finger. In the next step, add the other hand and write the same numbers or letters in parallel in the air - just mirrored. This is quite difficult at the beginning, but the same applies here: Training makes perfect! If you try it out regularly, you will stay fit in your head - for a lifetime. And if you want to increase it by a level of difficulty, you do the whole thing with pen and paper and write entire sentences at the same time.

Counting steps

This simple exercise is brain jogging in the truest sense of the word. Just count the steps while walking - and if you miscount, start all over again. It also works well when climbing stairs. So the next time you have the choice between elevator and stairs, just take the stairs and count the steps. With this you kill two birds with one stone and stay not only mentally but also physically fit.