Tips to Exercise Your Brain

Adults who adopt a proactive attitude toward staying mentally fit often do just that. Anyone who is interested in brain function is probably already on the right track. Brain exercises may strengthen short and long term memory. Cognition is indeed “malleable”.

Here are few tips to exercise your brain :

  • Be a Bookworm – If you are waiting in line at a store or at the doctor’s office, pick up a variety of reading materials. Read online, visit the library or listen to audio books.
  • Be Social – According to a study by Dr. David Bennett of Rush University Medical Centre, having a stable social network provided protection against the clinical symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Close Your Eyes – Do something ordinary with eyes shut, according to the Guardian UK article, “Simple Ways to Make Yourself For Cleverer”. Take a shower entirely with your eyes closed, or eat with your eyes closed.
  • Eat Brain Boosting Foods – A diet that is rich in antioxidants, including foods such as berries, tea and dark green leafy vegetables may boost brain power.
  • Get a Vocabulary Boost – Discover words in the dictionary and find ways to use them in conversation throughout the day. Or, sign up for a vocabulary inhaling website like “A Word a Day,” to boost language function in the brain.
  • Get Musical – Learn to play an instrument or listen to different kinds of music. Memorise the lyrics of your favourite song and sing them through the day or make up a song about a problem that you’re working on.
  • Learn a New Skill – For better brain function researchers suggest that you pick up a new skill. University of Illinois psychological Denise Park conducted on eight week program teaching digital photography or quitting to order adults and found a significant improvement in memory tests.
  • Play Games – Games, like crossword puzzles, have been known to be popular brain teasers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, however, knitting and similar crafts and other games and/or hobbies can be equally stimulating to the brain.
  • Take a Tour – Instead of taking the same route to school, work, or shopping, try an entirely new route. This will force you to look at the world in new ways and cause you to problem solve.
  • Try Old Habits in New Ways – Examples of “neurobics”, or aerobics for the Brian, include doing a familiar activity with the non-dominant hand. Dial the phone, or brush your teeth with your left hand (if you are right-handed) and you may strengthen brain pathways.

Reference : https://www.learningsuccessblog.com/10-ways-exercise-your-brain-infograph

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Good tips…I’m working on some of them already, but I’ve never tried doing things with my eyes closed before

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    1. GS says:

      Great. Try others and see if you like any. Thank you for stopping by. Looking forward to your feedback on other tips.

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I will start with eating with my eyes closed.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes that should help with satiety.

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  3. moonraven44 says:

    There was a magazine many years ago, I was only a child, can’t remember the name, but it had different exercises for the brain, as in choose a random letter and write down words starting with it or count backwards while thinking of only female/male names starting with a letter, or write down as many phrases as you can in 10 minutes, using the same verb and so on. Very entertaining. Too bad I can’t find anything similar today. I still have those old ones stored somewhere. Thinking of which, I think I should try to find them and have some fun!

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    1. GS says:

      Ah the era of writing instead of typing. Pen friends. Yes it would be a great exercise to check them out. Thank you stopping by.

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  4. Well, am a bookworm. As a matter of fact, due to loving classics, I come across a lot of words I never knew about. So each time, I come across tough words, I look them up.

    I did learn piano from 4th-12th grade

    I used to do Sudoku. Even knit- which I want to get to

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    1. GS says:

      That is great. Instead of clocking in an extra 30 minutes of work during your lunch break, try squeezing in a quick workout instead. The Harvard Business Review found that exercise — especially exercise completed during work hours — can increase your “mental firepower” by improving skills like concentration, focus and creativity. We’re not saying a workout will necessarily land you that dream job, but it can’t hurt!

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  5. All excellent suggestions! 💖 Love the idea of doing something familiar in different ways… great post as always.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you Suzette for reading my posts everyday. The American Psychological Association examined the “mood-enhancement effect” of exercise and found that working out can lift your spirits in as little as five minutes — meaning a short stroll outside can be just what you need to cure a bout of the blues. Even more importantly, regular exercise can help combat long-term depression and anxiety.

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      1. Yes so true. Thank you!

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  6. Good post ,sound body contain sound mind

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    1. GS says:

      Yes indeed Deep. You are right. Meditation is another way of exercising your brain.

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  7. Great suggestions. I will try with my kids this week as well.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you. Studies have shown that one of the benefits of exercise on the brain is a possible decreased risk of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer. A quick gym session every other day can increase blood flow to your brain — which helps boost brain cell production, and thus, improve brain health.

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