With older age, often comes older, retiring brain capacity. Many though consider this a myth as even when we age, the potential of the brain to learn is still intact. It’s never too late to exercise your brain.
Exercising the brain
Exercise does not only pertain to the body. The brain is like an independent entity: it still needs to perform its own workout routines. While our body workouts involve stretching, running, swimming, and walking, mental workouts normally come in the form of board games, puzzles, and others. Play chess with a better player, and try to master the skill of beating an opponent. Memory games are also an excellent choice for exercising the brain because mainly it challenges players to try remembering and recalling things in the game. Also remember that when playing a game, always make it a point to devise new schemes or approaches to solving a problem. Do not allow yourself to be content with a standard approach. Innovating new styles at winning a game will involve you spending more time, which is ok, but be reasonable. Never play games that do not pose a challenge for you. Keep working out that brain and challenging yourself.
Workout your body
It is not enough to just exercise your brain. The body has to have its own share of the workout as well. This means that it is not enough to just sit down and do nothing else but solving puzzles and playing mind games. In order to be mentally sound, the body needs to have plenty of exercises as well. Remember that the body and the mind go hand in hand, so having a weakness in one could adversely affect the other as well. Being physically fit makes the body strong, not just healthy. With a healthy body and mind, you’re closer to thinking more clearly and being less susceptible to stress and pressure.
Another way of exercising the brain is to communicate with other people. This can be done by joining a group or volunteering in a club. There have been studies showing people gaining more cognitive benefits by being active in social activities. Furthermore, having a lot of interaction with different people involves a lot of sharing of information, thus constant stimulation of the brain. In fact, stimulation of the brain that comes from communicating with other people may at times be more engaging than reading a book and trying to imagine things. Communication with other people does not have to be serious. Any casual talk that is filled with laughter is very beneficial to the brain as well.
Another good form of exercise for the brain is through meditation. There is much research that links meditation to a person’s well being. Meditation can help people regain their focus and creativity. Meditation makes the brain calm down, especially if the person has just gotten over a stressful challenge. Aside from that, meditation is also linked with increased sharpness and memory in all stages of your life.
Other than exercises, it is essential for the brain to get rest in between workouts. Resting gives the brain ample time to organize its memory banks and get ready for the next batch of incoming information. Too much of a workout can be exhausting, which can also cause the brain to become stressed out by the rigors of everyday life. A much needed rest can be as short as a few minutes to as much as one hour.
Remember, our brains were designed to be productive by any means possible. Either you use it or lose it, and losing old memories is a natural and inevitable event that comes with age, so the younger generation must strive to use their brain as often as possible. Again, its never too late to exercise your brain. The only thing that matters is how much attention you are willing to give it, along with how consistent you plan to be.
|The information presented is not intended to, and does not in anyway, constitute or replace a medical advice, and it should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem. The information is provided for educational purposes only, and is based upon the authors’ personal experiences or point of view. If you think you have a health problem, please consult a qualified medical professional..|