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Keeping a Sharp and focused mind through mental Strength Exercises

Updated on August 10, 2010

Exercise Strength

With longer life expectancies we will need to workout to exercise strength within our mind to avoid illness mentally. The decline in explicit mental capabilities is thought to be connected with aging such as memory loss, and reduction in problem- solving abilities are reduced if the brain remains challenged.Keep in mind you may want to look for self employed insurance if you find a drastic change in your mental health. In a major study conducted by the NIMHP ( National Institute of Mental Health in Philadelphia) male subjects were tested at the age 81 and compared their with capabilities on the same tests they had preformed when they were 75 and 70. Researchers concluded that the "pattern of decline of cognitive... abilities generally connected with advanced aging" was "neither widespread nor consistent".

However, we have all witnessed elderly people who distinctly experience mental decline as they age. What can be done to maintain and augment mental fitness as we age and avoid illness mentally?

Exercise Strength

Exercise Strength

Easily, we need to workout in order to exercise strength within our minds

Naturally, the same guidance that we follow to reach our fitness goals applies to mental fitness--"use it or lose it." Just as daily workouts in the gym or running with the dog strengthens particular muscle groups, mental exercises will strengthen and augment cognitive ability over time.

The purpose of brain exercise is to stimulate certain mental functions before they slow down.  There are certain exercises that are simple and enjoyable to do and, by repeating the exercises over a number of weeks, genuine progress can be seen in.

Try these exercises when commuting to and from work, throughout lunch hour and breaks, or doing housework.

Each of the following exercises are categorized by the specific mental capabilities and is designed to exercise strength with in your mind.

Verbal abilities:

When you are introduced to someone, create at least one anagram of their name. When you see a word quickly recall other words that begin with the same two letters.

When you come to the end of a chapter in a book, summarize it as briefly as possible. Do the identical thing for the whole book when you complete it.

Exercise perception in all the senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

To exercise strength in memory capabilities attempt to memorize the dishes on your favorite restaurant's menu. To make it more effective, memorize the prices too.

To exercise strength in your ability to smell and taste properly. When dining out attempt to make out the ingredients in the dishes you are eating. Ask your host to confirm your perceptions.

Exercise Strength

To exercise strength in sight abilitiesexamine an object or a person you pass on the road. Draw it right away. This exercises short-term memory.

To exercise strength in hearing capabilities while on the phone, practice recognizing callers prior to them saying who it is. Further more memorize callers' phone numbers.

To exercise strength in smell and touchattempt to identify objects with your eyes closed.

Visuospatial abilities are correlated to the ability to make rapid and precise estimates of distances, areas, and volumes. Try some of these:

Examine objects like pens, or pencils then try to gauge their length and thickness.

When you walk into a room with a group of people in it, try to promptly distinguish how many are on your left and your right

When you have recently shopped somewhere and then return home, draw a floor plan of the place you have been.

By creating a mentally fit lifestyleby doing mental exercises that does not indicate the end of exercising strength.

The importance of doing these exercises, particularly for older people and overcoming the monotony in our daily lives is imperative. Monotony creates mental and emotional sluggishness. The remedy here is to organize your life in such a way that you involve and become open with yourself.

Deteriorating memory and lethargic thinking are not inevitable partners of aging. You have the ability to exercise strength with in your mind and avoid mental illness.


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    • SuperCC profile image

      SuperCC 7 years ago from United States

      This is an outstanding hub! :) helpful.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ...I am also looking for work, my fellow Canadians, so please keep that in mind as I am a patriot drinking my Tim Horton's coffee, wishing that the Leafs finally win a Stanley Cup and that they make Pamela Lee Anderson our new Governor General!!!!!

      Serious about the work - do you know anyone who might employ a creative intelligent person like me - thank you for your time and courtesy. I live 20 minutes from Port Dover!!

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ...I am just learning now how to exercise the strength of my mind ..... by paying close attention and more time at the McConnell Group hubs .... I am Canadian by the way - and just down the Q.E.W from you at the northern tip of Lake Erie!