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10 Fun Beach Games to Try out This Summer

10 Fun Beach Games to Try out This Summer

Summer time equals beach time. There’s no better way to spend your summer than at the beach where the combination of sand and water provides adequate ways to enjoy yourself. You can play fun games, explore the beach, and bring imagination and creativity into play. But you need to make a plan and have an idea about what you should do and prepare accordingly. So to make it easy for you, here is a list of fun beach games you can try out.

1. Water Bucket Relay

We love relay races. And what better place to try it than at the cool, summer beach? While the old egg and spoon race can be done, it doesn’t hurt to try out something new — water bucket relay.

For this, you’ll need a plastic cup, shell, shovel, or spoon so as to collect water from the sea. Then you run to the bucket to fill it while trying to minimize the spilling of water from the small equipment.

It can be played as an individual game or a group game. You will love the challenge as it requires both speed and control — to go as fast as possible while reducing the loss of water. The first to fill the bucket wins.

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2. Digging

Old is gold. Or perhaps this digging game will never get old. The main rule is simple: take a shovel and dig as deep as you can. Other rules can be varied as per interest.

You can simply test how deep a hole you can dig to decide the winner. See if you can fit in the hole or ask others to do so. Of course, you can try to fill the hole with water to see how deep it is. In the end, it’s about how deep the hole has been dug and how much you have enjoyed.

3. Frescobol

If you are ready for some new action, this game’s for you — it is a combination of racquetball and tennis. Frescobol was created on the beaches in Copacabana, Brazil by tennis players wanting to have some fun on the beach. It evolved from using tennis balls to racquetballs, resulting in a faster paced and more intense game.

Like tennis, the game requires two partners who work together to keep the ball in motion with controlled, precise movements that build core strength — all while having a blast. Now a Brazilian beach game staple, Frescobol has started to gain popularity in the States and beyond as one of the hottest new beach sports.

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To start you will need some frescobol paddles and balls; for the best experience you can use joga paddles.

4. Beach Bowling

This active game can be played by all age groups — little kids or grownups. All you need is “skittles” (bowling pins) and ball. Plastic bottles, cans, or boxes will do for the skittles. Adjust the distance of the skittles for the kids while you can go for the challenge. This improves gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

5. Beach Volleyball

The more, the merrier. If you have lots of friends, why not play volleyball? You can always go with real volleyball as most beaches will have a net set up. If not, don’t let it disappoint you. You can always improvise.

Take a beach ball and set up your net. That’s it! You are ready to go and start sending the ball across the net.

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6. Art in the sand

Why not try something creative straight out of your mind and draw it on the sand? Collect beautiful and colorful shells as much as possible. Now use them to draw a picture or letters or anything abstract that comes into your head.

Let your imagination take the lead. Be as creative as possible and use every shell and rock you have.

7. Sandman

One can’t always be tricked by “winter is coming.” It’s Summer — obviously not the season for snowman. But why let winter have all the fun? Be ready to make the snowman’s brother: the sandman.

You have all the sand you need. As for eyes and mouths, the beach is adorned with shells and pebbles. Also you can use feathers, or clothes that you have with you. Make your sandman come to life.

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8. Musical Spades or Towels

This is a modification of musical chairs, a classic game we all love — the difference being we don’t sit; we just collect spades. Put a number of spades that is one less than the total number of people. Now let them run in circle while we put on our favorite tunes.

Connect with speakers for extra fun. The person who doesn’t get the spade is out of the game. Race until one spade is left with the winner. Short on spades? No problem. You can always use towels or clothes.

9. Limbo Dance

Turn this Trinidad-originated limbo dance into a beach version. Make your own bar with whatever you have with you. A jump rope or even boat oar will do as a bar. Take turns limboing under the bar with your back facing the ground.

After each round, lower the bar and take your turn again. Make it more exciting by playing some loud music, but keep other vacationers in mind. This will definitely test your balance and entertain you.

10. Balance the Boogie Board

You will need a boogie board for this fun game. Line up near the edge of the water. Then stand on the board with your backs facing the water. The waves will come and you have to balance against the wave without seeing it. The winner will be the one who has balanced till the end.

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Last Updated on August 12, 2019

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

1. Nuts

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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2. Blueberries

Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

4. Broccoli

While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

6. Soy

Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

7. Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

9. Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

10. Gingko Biloba

This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

11. Green and Black Tea

Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

12. Sage and Rosemary

Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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