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Why should I exercise my brain?

Brain Exercises eBook - Develop your BrainBrain exercise keeps your mind active, keeps you mentally alert, and enables you to stay focused on your tasks. It's definitely worth the effort. It's possible that exercising your brain can ward off diseases of the elderly such as Alzheimer's disease. Inactive individuals were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's, compared to those with the highest levels of activity (exercised vigorously at least three times a week). But even light or moderate exercisers cut their risk significantly for Alzheimer's and mental decline.

You can boost your brain power right now and prevent memory loss later.  This notion of creating a lifetime of peak mental performance called as "Brain Longevity."  Lack of physical exercise ages your brain and your body.  Lack of stimulating mental activity accelerates brain aging. Science predicts that Alzheimer's disease is rapidly emerging to be an epidemic. Ten million baby boomers will develop this horrible mind-robbing illness. But when it comes time to discuss something hopeful, they draw a blank.  All they do is search for a magic bullet drug.  It is un-imaginary.

 

Most brain training exercises are simply common ways to stimulate your brain into reinforcing old neural pathways or growing new ones. The key to stimulating new growth in your brain is to try new things. You might try reading books that you would have never read before. If you usually read novels, you might try reading about science. Or, if history is your usual subject, you could try mystery books. If you play hearts a lot, try picking up cribbage. So everyone must do brain exercises and stop undergoing mental weakness.

What are brain exercises

Brain exercises are the activities that keep your brain alert. They can be as simple as crossword puzzles and a Rubik's cube. Remember that the brain is part of your body, so good nutrition and physical activities help it, too. Learn new things and take mental challenges. Take a class, learn a new language, or take on a responsibility. The opportunities to exercise your brain are all around you. Don't accept what you hear on TV at face value. Study situations and make your own decisions. Instead of watching TV, read a novel for one hour each night. Buy a book of brain teasers and work on them while you wait at the doctor's office, for the kids to finish their game, or while riding the bus.

Brain teasers are often some of the best brain development exercises around. This vigor you to think critically and laterally about problems and their potential solutions. Lateral thinking puzzles force you to think of numerous situations and possibilities, mostly not obvious ones that can resolve a contradiction or problem. These are a great way of learning to think 'outside the box'. Brain teasers help train your mental focus and concentration.

Brain Age and other Brain Games and Research

In the modern world of high technology, brain improvement exercises are a popular way of getting up to speed. As the population gets older, people are getting more and more interested in maintaining their mental abilities well into old age through increased use of the brain, as the old saying goes, use it or lose it. Recent researches showed that the benefits of the brain exercises extended well beyond the specific skills learned. In research ten sessions of exercises to boost reasoning skills, memory and mental processing speed staved off mental decline in middle-aged and elderly people in the first definitive study to show that honing intellectual skills can bolster the mind in the same way that physical exercise protects and strengthens the body.

Games are great ways to exercise your brain. Playing chess, electronic games, or cards all challenge your brain into calculating possibilities and developing strategies. This helps the brain to take in new information, process it and formulate plans.  Sometimes, brain improvement exercises involve doing activities that seem slightly unnatural. For example, you could try eating or using the remote control with the opposite hand of the one you usually use. In fact try using your other hand for a whole day; this will definitely stimulate different areas of your motor control center.

The puzzles such as Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, Word Search, Picture Puzzles, Brain Teasers, Riddles etc. improve the brain development. Brain exercises including games such as bird watching helps improve your use of peripheral vision.

Brain improvement exercises can also include the use (or nonuse) of your senses. You could learn something new by trying to dress yourself without opening your eyes. Maybe learn to read lips on TV or in real life, this way you emphasize your visual sense for receiving communication instead of your hearing. Likewise learning to read with Braille juxtaposes two senses, visual and touch.

What are some brain gym exercises?

Every nerve and cell is a network contributing to our intelligence and our learning capability. Many researchers have found this quite helpful in improving overall concentration in class. This is the principle behind the Brain Gym Exercise. The movements in Brain Gym Exercise are simple and effective. Some of them are following.

Drink water before during any stressful situation. Water comprises more of the brain (with estimates of 90%) than of any other organ of the body because de-hydration can effect our concentration negatively. The next step in Brain Gym Exercise is ‘Brain buttons’. This exercise helps improve blood flow to the brain to "switch on" the entire brain before a lesson begins. The increased blood flow helps improve concentration skills required for reading, writing, etc. Some workouts coming under this are following. Put one hand so that there is as wide a space as possible between the thumb and index finger. Place your index and thumb into the slight indentations below the collar bone on each side of the sternum. Press lightly in a pulsing manner. At the same time put the other hand over the navel area of the stomach. Gently press on these points for about 2 minutes.

The next one in Brain Gym Exercise is ‘Cross Crawl’. This exercise helps coordinate right and left brain by exercising the information flow between the two hemispheres. It is useful for spelling, writing, listening, reading and comprehension. The workouts are following. Stand or sit. Put the right hand across the body to the left knee as you raise it, and then do the same thing for the left hand on the right knee just as if you were marching. Just do this either sitting or standing for about 2 minutes. Another one is ‘Hook Ups’. This works well for nerves before a test or special event such as making a speech. Any situation which will cause nervousness calls for a few "hook ups" to calm the mind and improve concentration.

What are some brain improvement exercises?

 

Exercise makes your brain sharp. A healthy, fit brain means you can answer questions more quickly, think clearly and have a better memory. Having a healthy brain is useful no matter what point you are at in life. Physical exercise is great for almost anything. Other than training too hard or getting injured only good things can come from some cardio or playing sports, this includes training your brain. During extended physical activity your brain gets fueled to the max with oxygen and building compounds, which enable you to think harder and longer. You have probably noted that after exercising you feel more clear minded and have a greater sense of general well being too! Sports give you the same health benefits as cardio but also give your brain a chance to practice spatial reasoning and perception, planning and strategy. Exercise also helps to release beneficial brain chemicals. Make sure to exercise physically not just for your heart or belly but for your brain too.

 
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