Many of us are very aware of the need to exercise our bodies and keep them in the healthiest shape possible but very few of us are aware that our brains require the same. The brain is a muscle just like all our body muscles so it needs to be strengthened through simple exercises that can help with memory, concentration as well as other cognitive functions. Here are a few exercises you can do to keep your brain active;
Puzzles are a great way to keep your brain active while having fun. They stimulate the brain and encourage problem-solving skills, as well as help, improve mental speed. They also help with short-term memory so they can be good for people with memory problems, so get out that jigsaw puzzle, sudoku, crossword, and get to solving.
- Learn to play a musical instrument
Many of you love to listen to music but it would be even better for your brain if you learned how to play a musical instrument. Learning a new instrument helps to improve hand-eye coordination as well as fine motor skills. Learning new things keeps your brain challenged and improves brain function.
- Use your less dominant side
This is a good idea for keeping your brain active while doing simple everyday tasks. Using your less dominant side enhances creativity because it interrupts the predictability the brain has formed by doing tasks with only one side. It also buildes new connections between brain cells so if you usually brush with your right hand, try it with your left, if you usually write with your left try to do so with your right.
- Draw maps of places from memory
This is an easy and good exercise to enhance your memory. Challenge your brain to draw a map of your neighborhood, office layout, or a new place you visited. You can even try drawing maps of less familiar places like different countries or continents. You will be quite surprised by what you miss and get right.
- Work out math problems using your head
Solving math problems in your head helps to improve your brain’s mental speed. The more complex the problem you solve the better. You can even do this while carrying out your other day-to-day tasks, just to make it more challenging.
Meditation is all the rave these days because of the psychological benefits it has, but it is also a good activity for enhancing concentration, memory as well as helping to reduce stress which can interfere with brain efficiency and functions.
We all know the importance of journaling for our mental health especially when dealing with anxiety and depression but journaling is also good for strengthening brain activity. It boosts your working memory and comprehension skills, especially when done by writing using pen and paper.
Just as we take care of our bodies so that they are functioning well even when we get old, we must do the same for our brains. There are several brain exercises like the ones above that can enhance our brain activity so remember to make them a part of your health routine.