Improving Your Memory Part2
We have taken a look at the importance of memory as a poker player in a previous article and in this one, we’re going to take an in-depth look at how we can improve our memory so we’ll destroy the competition at the poker table.
As we all know, practice makes perfect and exercising the body significantly improves it. The same rules apply to our minds, so all we need to do is take proper care of it, exercise it regularly and, soon enough, aces aren’t the only hand that’ll grow our stack. Here are a few ways to improve your memory:
1 - Keep exercising
This is extremely simple and, at the same time, extremely complicated. All you need to do is to keep on exercising your mind, never give up on trying to remember just one more thing. You can practice daily on regular activities such as cleaning the house by making up challenges for yourself. For example, place an object on a corner of the house before you start cleaning and try to remember where it is by the end of it. Remember to keep a cheat sheet somewhere, or else you might lose the object.
This work pretty much like going to the gym to exercise your body, so remember not to try too hard or you’ll end up doing more harm than good. Train once or twice a day in a healthy way to see improvements.
Activities such as crossword puzzles, reading the newspaper and remembering the whole first page by the end of it, trying to remember different paths and even making puzzles can all help you improve your memory.
2 – Socialize at the table
When playing poker, there are a lot of people who just like to sit there and wait for a good hand while they listen to music and thinking about something completely different. When they get a good hand, they play it and when they don’t, they do nothing. This might be a profitable thing for most people, but it won’t help you improve as well as you could be improving.
A good strategy is to socialize at the table. Do it at low stakes games at first so you won’t damage your bankroll. Keep talking to other players and at the same time, pay attention to the game. Try to remember hands and keep up with the conversation.
This is going to be a daunting task at first but soon enough it’ll turn into an easy one as you will get used to it. Not only will you be improving your memory, but you will also be distracting other players with your conversation. You are going to be used to it, they are not.
3 – Sleep well at night
Your brain is just like a muscle and, as such, it really needs to rest for a little bit in order to consolidate the training you gave it and to regain energy for the next day. If you don’t sleep well at night, you are going to stop yourself from becoming better with each passing day. You’ll need seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
4 – Be physically active
It might look like this is completely unrelated, but it isn’t. Being physically active is going to make you healthier on a huge variety of levels, and some of them affect your memory. For example, being physically active is going to improve your blood flow, which will include the brain and its activities.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, it is recommended that most adults either have 75 minutes of intensive physical activity a week (suck as jogging) or 150 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking).
5 – Have a proper diet
Yes, this does mean that processed foods need to end, and fast! Unfortunately, fast food isn’t good for you in any level, including the mental one. A healthy diet is going to improve your memory, increase your life expectancy, make you feel good about yourself and help you become more active in your life.
Try to avoid eating a lot of sugar and carbohydrates as these are enemies against your body, but do increase the amount of fruit and vegetables you are consuming on a daily basis. Ideally, you should have three pieces of fruit a day, and as much vegetable servings as you’d like, as long as you actually vary the type of vegetables you are eating.
Food rich in antioxidants can really help increase the performance of your cognitive functions, as well as your blood vessel performance. Keep in mind cholesterol should be kept low in order to avoid memory complications (and other health problems).
If this sounds a little complicated at first, just try to keep a healthy diet to start off with. Remember, no more chips at the table!