Exercise Your Brain

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It is somewhat common knowledge that physical exercise is something that doctors recommend to patients and something that helps reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes and heart issues. But, did you know that exercising the brain is high on the priority list with physical exercise too? That’s right, it is possible to exercise those brain muscles and participate in activities that ultimately help the brain to be healthier and withstand aging a little better. Check out the brain exercises below and seriously consider adding them to your routine.

Stop Multitasking
It may sound crazy, but trying to complete more than one task at once is actually counterproductive. It is better to focus on one task at a time to improve concentration and productivity.

Try Something Different
The Alzheimer’s Association found that keeping the brain active increases its vitality, so shake up that routine by trying a new restaurant, traveling, driving to work a different way than usual, or completing tasks in a different order. Keep that brain on its toes and get away from the routine every now and again.

Play Games
Crosswords and Sudokus are already associated with brain exercise, but board games and even video games count as a brain workout too. Studies show that video games can actually help to increase attention spans, reaction times, and task-switching capabilities. Other games dealing with logic and reasoning help to get the brain working and active as well.

Read More
As we read, the brain is recognizing the word and comprehending its meaning all at once. Reading makes the brain work really hard by boosting imagination and visualization as the brain is comprehending what is happening by helping the reader to picture and hear the characters of the story.

Take Some Time
Just like with physical exercise, the brain will need rest and recuperation days after working out. Relaxation is just as important as exercising itself. Meditation is one way to quiet the brain and keep it from traveling down paths of worry, and visualization or the process of picturing tranquil scenes and zoning out is another example of resting the brain. Just make sure to give the brain time to recover from working its muscles and strengthening its abilities.