Memories can be a very basic part of us because they literally make up a large part of who we are. We remember good and bad times, memorable times, and so on. Unfortunately, sometimes our memories begin to fail us, such as when we forget what we've come to a particular room to do or a similar situation. You don't want to see your memory begin to slip, of course, so engaging in brain exercises to keep your memory sharp can help.

Among the best things you can do to improve your memory are to play memory games. For example, matching two like things with an array of cards that you have laid out facing down in front of you is one good game to play. If you turn over two of them, you get to move them away from the remaining cards. If they don't match, you turn them face down again, and then go on to the next card. The idea of this particular game is to remember where you've seen particular cards that you've turned up and then turned back down so that you can match them up with "buddies" when you turn those over. You can play this game online as well as with physical decks of cards. With the online games, simply click your mouse over the "face down" cards to turn them over, and again to turn them back to facing down.

Another great way to improve your memory is via association. With this scenario, you relate something new to something familiar. As one example, you can associate a person's name with something that reminds you of that name and that's familiar to you. When you see that person again, you'll remember his or her name because you've done this little exercise. This is especially beneficial to you if you are in a job or something similar where you must meet new people all the time.

You can also use music to help your memory. If you like a particular kind of music or you like to sing along to the lyrics of a favorite song, you probably don't struggle to remember those lyrics when you're singing them with the music. However, if you try to sing the lyrics to yourself without the music present, can you do it? Try this; if there's a favorite song of yours that you like to sing along with all the time, try writing down the lyrics on your own, with no music present. After you finish, look at what you've done. Have parts of it like the chorus been easy to remember, while the verses may have been harder? Try again. Go from start to finish through the song as much as you can, writing down the lyrics as you go. Do this regularly, and you'll see how much music you remember. This is also a great way to improve your memory.

The key to these brain exercises is that you have to find them fun, but challenging at the same time. If they're fun, you will look forward to doing them instead of avoiding them. And of course, since practice makes perfect, the more you do them, the more you'll see progress and improvement in your memory.

Basically, these types of exercises are a workout for your mind. You can always improve, no matter your age, and no matter how much trouble you may have recalling things at present. Remember that after about the age of 30, your mind can begin to lag a little bit cognitively. Don't wait until you notice detrimental changes to begin to do brain exercises. Start early so that you can retain mental sharpness even as you get older.

It can be challenging to improve your memory with these types of exercises, but it can also be pretty fun. Try to do these activities daily, for at least 15 minutes. You'll be surprised at the improvement you see. And this is true no matter how old you are. If you "begin to lose memory," it can be short term in its duration, of course, but it can still cause frustration. So give yourself the opportunity to gain a sharp memory that doesn't leave you in the dust when you need it most.

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