Memory Exercises

Human beings are different from other living organisms in that their most championed difference lies in their sheer brain power. Human brains feature excellent faculties of thinking, imagining, and memorizing vast amounts of information. Memory is our greatest advantage, and with memory, we can remember a variety of experiences, sensations, fascinating facts and practical knowledge. Regular exercise keeps our body fit and fine, and the same holds true for our memory. We can keep our memory sharp with excellent memory exercises.

Our memory is composed of two types of memory – short term memory and long term memory. Both of these memories are very useful to us, and both can be improved by memory exercises and memory games. Such exercises also help in improving fundamental areas of mental functioning and cognitive abilities.

Memory exercises are based on different themes, the same way different parts of our memory are related to corresponding sensations and experiences. Our memory stores different senses such as sounds, visuals, touches, smells, and tastes. If you remember something particular in mind, our brain retrieves all the information and experiences related to that memory. Mental exercises related to our sensations improve our memory engaged with storing various sights and sounds.

Humans also possess another trait that other living beings don’t have, and that’s emotion. We experience different emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger, and excitement in various situations. We memorize our emotions too, so remembering all the wonderful emotions from childhood is one of the best memory exercises to improve our memory. Memory loss is a very usual phenomenon with aging brains, so practicing memory exercises is one of the most sensible solutions for slowing down memory loss and the decline of mental functioning.

One of the techniques used in memory exercises is the repetition of recall. Repetitive techniques are useful for memorizing information. This technique is also helpful for improving your memory – when you practice these exercises on a habitual schedule, they minimize your efforts when you actually have to memorize information. Many people still use this technique while studying in school. We can’t understand its value or importance, but it’s still an effective solution to improve your memory. Especially while learning new languages or concepts, repetition is a superb tool for memorization. Repetition memory exercises have a significant impact on our memory, and the material we need to learn is memorized thoroughly.

The Immersion Technique used to improve memory also uses the Repetition Technique. This technique develops patterns of behavior which consist of many physical and mental actions, and is very helpful in learning new skills. Immersing yourself into an activity helps you remember it more than by just learning its theory.

Other memory exercises are based on the Recent Environmental Principle. According to this principle, the information received recently is recalled very easily by the brain. Here, the meaning of the word ‘recent’ varies for every individual. Exercising your memory makes this recent as long as possible so that we can think of particular activities in the past and bring them to immediate reminiscence. Using this exercise, we can recall that particular activity much better, and much faster.

All memory exercises improve your concentration and develop a habit of picking specific details to store in your memory, which ultimately improves your memory skills. Better memory makes your life more fun and exciting, and you can enjoy life much more fully without having to forget things so often. Nowadays, there are many websites on the internet such as Lumosity that provide memory training programs, and they include a variety of tools such as memory games and memory exercises. They’re useful for all age groups to sharpen your memory.

Telling yourself to remember specific batches of information is also one of the best memory exercises you can use, too. Tell yourself why you want to remember it and find a corresponding technique for remembering it. Placing importance on remembering different forms of information stimulates your brain cells and motivates yourself to store that information to recall afterwards. Memory exercises and techniques include mnemonic devices too, which I’ve written extensively about in my blog. Mnemonic devices are some of the the best tools for remembering information.

But all of these techniques and memory exercises are useless if you don’t practice them daily. So remember exercise your ability to remember!