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Brain Exercise

Exercise | May 20, 2017 | By

Most of us take our time to exercise our physical bodies but few take the initiative to refresh their brain. Training your brain is an important activity to ensure you gracefully or promote your memory. Brain exercises help in enhancing your mood, focus and boosting memory. There are a lot of activities that have been promoted to be the best way to exercise your brain such as playing Sudoku. Such activities are not completely effective.

Our daily contains routines which limit the expansion of the brain meaning very little brain energy is utilized in performing those activities. Stimulating your brain requires new experiences and complex to stretch the brain to its limits. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle such as eating vegetables daily, quitting smoking and maintaining the recommended BMI, taking foods that are low in fat, can help reduce dementia as someone ages. According to Robert Bender, MD, medical director of the Johnny Orr Memory Center and Healthy Aging Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, brain health includes a well balanced diet. There are a lot of exercises that are used to promote the well-being our brains. They include:

  • Read as much as you can challenge yourself to read as much as possible every day. The more the complex the text, the better it will be for exercising your brain. The texts you read should enable you to ask yourself questions in order to understand the complexity of the text.
  • Learning new words- this will help in developing the language portion of the brain. You can do this by reading the newspaper or dictionary and try to spell out the words without looking at their spelling. Note down the words that you learn each day.
  • Turn off the television and other passive leisure- watching the television does not exercise your brain at all. It trains your body to act and think in the same patterns over and over. This leads to some parts of your brain not being exercise and this will lead to

Dementia

If you have to watch, you can choose educational programs or those that have complex twisting plots which will make you watch as you use your brain.

  • Playing puzzle games they are complex and will push your brain power to the limit as you endeavor to complete the games. Some can take a few minute to hours and some even weeks. The greater the complexity of the game, the better it is going to be for your brain.
  • Switching your dominant hand- instead of using one hand say for example to brush, you can try to use the hand that you rarely use to help stimulate parts of the brain responsible for muscle control.
  • Change your routine try as much as possible not to repeat the same thing every other day. Learning a new thing each day will help stimulate parts of your brain that were previously not utilized.
  • Try doing things upside down or in reverse. Have you ever tried memorizing the alphabet from z to a instead of the usual from a to z or numeral numbers from 1 to 100 backwards. It requires a great deal of concentration and is a very good exercise for your brain.
  • Taking a different route- when traveling, it is good to try out new paths that lead to where you are going. When you use the same route every time, your brain switches off.
  • Socializing- speak about topics you are interested in and do not be passive in the conversation. Make sure to as a question to continue the engagement or for any clarity and be sure your to give your input in the conversation.
  • Meditation- this can be one of the most difficult brain exercises and as such, it is more likely to yield the most benefits for the wellness of the brain. It helps in dealing with post-traumatic stress, improving the memory, increase focus and attention and reducing brain atrophy.
  • Taking a nature walk- research has shown walking in a quiet, serene environment increases concentration than when one walks in busy, crowded areas
  • Physical exercise- taking a jog or cycling your bicycle increases blood flow to the brain. Research has shown people who exercise memorize words faster than those who do not.
  • Sleep- you should ensure you get a good dose of sleep each day. It helps your brain to relax and rejuvenate by itself. Make sure you stay away from blue light at night because it stimulates the brain and keeps neurons active which makes sleeping to be a big challenge.
  • Intermittent fasting-it helps make the brain cells less susceptible to damage caused by excess stress. It also helps in getting rid of worn out brain cells and promotes rejuvenation of new cells.
  • Diet-eating a healthy balanced diet consisting of a lot of vegetable and less saturated fats and containing antioxidants helps in aging gracefully and maintaining a healthy brain function.
  • Laughing- it helps in dealing with stress which could have otherwise led to brain atrophy. Stay around children because they will give you a good laugh as well as keep you engaged.
  • Shower with your eyes closed- this helps you feel parts of your body that would have otherwise gone un-noticed if you were looking at your body when you took a shower.
  • Try out new scents- this will help in stimulating new neural networks that would have otherwise not been utilized.
  • Shopping at the supermarket- scan through as much items of the shelves as possible and try to learn a new item that you are not familiar with.
  • Switching seats- there are traditions in our homes where certain sits are reserved for particular individuals. Switching up the seats helps in reconditioning your brain to stimuli that it was used to which helps in growth.
  • Try out new meals- this helps in activating new receptors in your brain. Go out and try a new meal or drink.

Characteristics of good brain exercise

  1. It teaches you something new
  2. Challenging
  3. Rewarding