Your Brain Needs Exercise TooBy Radiant Health
Published: April 2, 2014
Ever listen to your friends complain that someone is messing with their mind? Perhaps you have even said it yourself. On the surface, this sounds – and often is – very bad. Strangely enough, it is this type of challenge that keeps our brains fresh. Without problem-solving exercises, we would stagnate as human beings.
But, there is a much easier way to keep your brain actively healthy. If you challenge yourself, you won’t need to wait for someone else to do it to reap the benefits. Indeed, it will even help you to develop the skills you need so that no one can mess with your mind again.
The Benefits of Brain Games
Although it was once believed that you cannot “teach an old dog new tricks”, modern research has dispelled this common myth. In fact, you are never too old to learn anything, but it is always better to start earlier. People who challenge themselves mentally fare better cognitively later in life; the earlier you start, the sooner these benefits manifest themselves.
The idea that you cannot continue learning stems from the belief that your brain is static and unchanging, just as people typically stop growing in height at a certain point in their life. However, studies into brain plasticity reveal that your brain continues to form new neurons for as long as you challenge it. And, according to current thought in brain plasticity (or Neuroplasticity, as it is formally called), if you do not exercise your mind, it will begin to deteriorate. It may start with forgetting your house keys, but it can lead to more serious complications in later years.
On the other hand, a decline in mental power is reversible through brain exercises and mind games. Improvements in concentration, memory, and reaction time have real benefits on your life today, not just tomorrow. With increased brain power and efficiency, you will be able to make better decisions, focus on your goals and concentrate on your work – all of which can provide you with a happier and more rewarding life today.
How to Boost Your Brain
Games like chess and crossword puzzles have long been touted as brain boosters, although not everyone enjoys these types of games. Sudoku, as well as memory and strategy games, are also excellent if those are more your speed. These are all relatively easy to get your hands on, but if you are genuinely looking to train your brain, you may want to invest in a serious programme. Technology and connectivity have made it incredibly easy for anyone to train their brain. For a small monthly or annual fee, there are websites that will provide you with customised brain games designed to help you achieve your mind machinations.
Ready to boost your brain right now? Why not try this free game from Brain HQ today?
In addition to mind games, there are other ways to increase your brain power.
- Sleep – Yes, there is a reason a minimum number of hours are recommended nightly. Sleep does more than rest your body, it also provides a space for your brain to dream up creative solutions.
- Exercise – Besides pumping oxygen throughout your body, this helps to get your brain working at maximum capacity.
- Proper Nutrition – From Omega-3 to vitamin D, giving your body the right foods does more than control your figure. It will stimulate your brain at the same time.
To get started training your brain, start making healthy lifestyle decisions today. And, don’t forget to try out that free game.
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