6 Brain Exercises To Strengthen Your Mind
As we all know that to keep your body healthy, you need to exercise, but did you know that exercising your mind can also be important? You’ve probably heard the old adage “Use It Or Lose It.” Many researchers believe this adage applies to your brain health.
Brain training is often touted as a way to sharpen your mind and even boost your intelligence. So in this video we are going to talk about some such activities which can be beneficial for your brain health.
1. Take Care of Your Body to Take Care of Your Mind
If you want to take care of your mind, you have to start by taking care of your body.
Research has shown that people who adopt healthy behaviors like exercise and proper nutrition in their lives are less sensitive to cognitive problems associated with the aging process such as memory loss, loss of understanding.
Research studies of 2006 also show that exercise can make you smart and can protect your brain from shrinking with age. Research on rats in 2013 also showed that exercise can increase neurogenesis, or the formation of new brain cells, in the hippocampus of the brain.
A study published in 2013 looked at healthy behavior in nearly 2,300 (Males) men over the course of 30 years. Researchers looked at participants’ behavioral and cognitive abilities starting in middle age and tracked their progress throughout old age
Researchers found that men who adopted healthy behaviors were about 60% less likely to experience cognitive impairment and dementia as they age.
These healthy behaviors include not smoking, maintaining a healthy BMI, exercising regularly, consuming lots of vegetables and fruits, and consuming low to moderate amounts of alcohol.
So if you want to build a better mind, start by working on your physical health first. Go for a walk, start adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet, and try to give up any bad habits like excessive alcohol consumption or tobacco use. Some of these activities may be more difficult than others, but your brain will thank you for years to come.
2. Draw a Map of Your Town From Memory
When you feel like you can navigate the streets around your neighborhood with your eyes closed, try challenging your brain by creating a MAP of your city or neighborhood from memory. Remember that no cheating! This does not mean that you can start making your drawing by opening Google Maps. Try to include major streets, major side streets and local landmarks.
Once you’ve done that, compare your memory map with the actual map of the area. how did you do Are you surprised by some of the things you couldn’t remember? If you find this activity too easy, try drawing a map of a less familiar area from memory, such as the whole of India, and labeling each state or country.
When you’re in your car, the way to the supermarket or office can seem easy and almost automatic. However, forcing yourself to draw and label as well as remember the layout of your neighborhood helps activate different areas of your brain. So make sure to do this activity…
3. Learn Something New
This brain exercise requires a little commitment, but it is also an activity that can give you the most benefit. Learning something new is a way to keep your brain active all the time and to constantly introduce yourself to new challenges.
In one study, researchers gave older people a chance to learn a variety of new skills, from digital photography to quilting. Then he did memory tests and compared Experimental Groups with Control Groups. People in Control Groups engaged in activities that were fun but not mentally challenging, such as watching movies and listening to the radio.
Researchers found that only participants who had learned a new skill experienced improvement in memory tests.
They also found that these memory improvements were still present when retested a year later.
Some things you might want to try include learning a new language, learning to play a musical instrument, or learning a new hobby. Not only will you grow your brain, but you will also be constantly learning something new as you expand your skills and become more adept.
4. Try Using Your Non-Dominant Hand
Now we are going to tell one such interesting brain exercise that a neurobiologist suggests that “can help keep your brain alive.”
In his book Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness, neurobiologist Lawrence Katz recommends using your non-dominant hand to strengthen your brain. Because using your opposite hand can be so challenging, it’s a great way to speed up your brain activity.
Try switching hands when you’re having dinner or when you’re trying to write something. It will be difficult, but that’s the point guys.
The most effective brain activities are those that are not necessarily easy.
Next is an activity that you probably do every day, but you might not realize how beneficial it can be for your mental strength.
Studies from 2019 show that people who are socially active also have a lower risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Socializing involves many areas of the brain and many social activities also include physical elements, such as playing a sport, which is also beneficial for your brain.
Even if you’re an introvert, seeking out social interaction can be beneficial for your brain, both in the short term and the long term. Social activities include joining a club, joining a cycling or walking group, and staying in touch with your friends and family…
Now we are going to talk about a brain exercise that has been in use for thousands of years but recently it has gained a lot of recognition for its effectiveness.
One brain exercise you may not have considered can actually be extremely effective – and that is meditation. Mindfulness meditation and rapid mind transformation, in particular, are in the news at the moment, adopted by Positive Psychologists, Business Leaders and Alternative Health practitioners. Before you say that this ancient Buddhist tradition is too new age for you, consider some of the research demonstrating the many benefits of meditation.
Studies in 2007 suggest that mindfulness meditation can help to connect new neural pathways, resulting in improved self-observational skills and increased mental flexibility.
Research from 2007 also showed that meditation can help increase attention and focus, improve empathy, and even immunity. Studies also show that meditation can also increase the capacity of working memory.
Are you ready to try this brain exercise? You can read a guide to practice Mindulness Meditation. You can also use Chakra Meditations, Third Eye Meditations and Rapid Mind Transformation Programs from our wesbite www.mindsolutions.in to incorporate Mindfulness in your daily life.