To prevent cognitive decline and memory lapses as we age, there are several exercises you can incorporate into your routine that are proven to have a positive impact brain function. Here are some of our favorite brain boosting exercises that will help train your mind.

Yoga
If you’re interested in developing a regular yoga practice, natural gas and oil can provide assistance in many ways. Stretchy yoga pants and tops are necessary to achieve various poses, and most are made of fabrics like Lycra or spandex, both of which are made with the help of natural gas and oil. Natural gas and oil also help make PVC, which is the material many yoga mats are made of.

Meditation
Studies have shown that meditation can decrease stress and anxiety while improving your focus, attention and memory. Even just a few minutes of meditation can produce great benefits. If you don’t know where to start, an app like Headspace or Calm can guide you through simple and effective meditations. Natural gas and oil are there to help as you explore meditation and mindfulness. The smartphones on which you download these apps include many parts made from natural gas and oil production, as are the parts used to construct speakers through which you can listen to guided meditations.

Breathing Exercises
Everyday, we breathe in and out without much conscious thought behind the action. However, most of the breaths we take are too shallow, only filling up our chests. We should actually aim to breathe deeply, from our diaphragms. Deep, purposeful breathing can really help improve your cognitive abilities, so sit back on a comfortable couch or chair, possibly one covered in a soft, synthetic fabric like microfiber, nylon or faux leather (all made through natural gas and oil production processes) and try this exercise:

  1. Breathe in through your nose for a count of five, feel your belly expanding.
  2. Hold that breath for a count of six.
  3. Blow out through your mouth for a slow count of seven.
  4. Repeat until you feel calm and connected.

In addition to these exercises, consistent physical activity can also keep your mind (and your body) in shape. Remaining curious and learning new things is also a great way to challenge your mind. So take that class you’ve been thinking about or start a new hobby. Your brain will thank you!