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How to Exercise your Brain

Published on 7/4/2013
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Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability to continuously rewire and remodel itself during the experience of life and immediately after death. In other words the brain continues to change and grow as one perceives and interacts with the world, continuing to create and build neurons even in old age. As such it shouldn't be a great wonder that there is a link between mental stimulation and an improvement in the functioning of the brain.

Age related mental disparages such as memory loss, unless caused particularly by a disease can usually be directly linked to a continued lack of mental inactivity and stimulation over a considerable period of time.

The brain is just like any other muscle and requires exercise, the results of which will not only see the brain's functional capabilities improve but will incite a change in the brain's structure. Training the brain is no different from engaging in physical exercises. When one undertakes an exercise regime, they expect to encounter a change in the physical structure of their body. Muscle, undergoing punishment and intense work over long periods of time will undergo growth and adapt to the new challenge.

The brain in this case reacts no differently. Mental exercises will not only prevent a decline in the brain's primary functions, but they will incite an improvement in one's cognitive functions. Unlike physical stimulation, mental exercises seldom require as much hardship or work and can include a number of very simple yet very effective acts, such as:

Remembering and repeating words, specifically repeating groups of words such as phone numbers and lists. Engaging in classes regarding an interest- it pays to try and learn something new, sometimes in a formal setting like a class, such as a new instrument, or a skill such as photography and so on.

Crossword puzzles and simple games such as Sudoku are designed to challenge your mental agility and are some of the most common ways of stimulating the brain. Read a variety of different material, from magazines to books to newspapers and as regularly as possible.

There are a number of computer brain games designed to challenge the mind and stimulate the brain. You can challenge your own memory using certain types of computer and phone games.

Doing some writing will do you some good, such as for a website, or a blog and so on, or simply editing. Meditating is one of the simpler and more relaxing means of gaining mental stimulation.

Learning how to exercise your brain is a simple matter of finding something that stimulates and challenges you mentally and ensuring to execute it on a regular basis.

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