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Exercise Your Brain To Improve Concentration And Memory

Updated on November 11, 2011

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Healthy Mind In A Healthy Body

Mental health is as important, if not more, as one's physical health. Whatever be your age,a human brain needs to be exercised regularly in order to improve upon one's concentration , memory and IQ which subsequently pays off in your grades at school, your job preferences, and your career. It is common knowledge that people who cross thirty, find that they forget things and this keeps increasing with age. Excessive stress levels and obesity also contribute to a decreased brain power. Those who cross fifty and sixty see a significant loss of brain functions. It is therefore imperative that everyone becomes aware of the necessity of boosting BRAIN POWER. The quality of life is significantly improved once your mental health is in top condition.

What Is The Brain ?

The human brain is essentially the boss of the body. It is the centre of the human nervous system, and consists of a network of nervous tissue connecting all parts of the body. Hence ,the brain is also a complex organ,very important for the proper functioning of an individual. It helps us to think, imagine, speak, plan, engage in several activities and continues to function even when we are asleep, making sure that all other organs in the body do their job. Some of them are below:

  1. Regulates the body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.
  2. Handles physical motion such a walking, talking, sitting or standing.
  3. Accepts and processes information got from hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touching,etc.
  4. Lets us think, reason, dream and experience emotions.

Yes, it is the SUPER BRAIN !

Now, you understand why it is absolutely important for you and me to look after our brains and exercise it just as we would our whole body. It follows that the more you use a muscle, it is easy to flex it. Similarly, the more you exercise and use your brain you are bound to enjoy your life that much more and will delay the onset of ageing ,and if you are regular at it, you will see the benefits of having memory, concentration and sight, hearing until you die. Diseases such as Alzeimer's and Parkinsons need not be feared with approaching age.

Did You Know?

It is common knowledge that your brain is on the decline with advancement in age but did you know that women become more forgetful with every successive pregnancy ?


Yes, it is possible for you to increase your brain power. You will end up with a sharper and stronger brain eventually if you follow a few simple rules regularly making a habit of each one .

  1. Be stressfree for your brain to function properly.
  2. Breathe deeply and exhale increasing blood flow to the brain.
  3. Chew gum for atleast three minutes before any meeting or exam.
  4. Listen to soft music often to relieve stress.
  5. Workout regularly, for physical exercise release endorphins in the brain. It has been established that walking rather than strength training and cardio exercises boosts brain power. Even among those in their sixties and seventies, who have been couch potatoes for more than 10 years.
  6. Start your day right with a healthy breakfast, including eggs, low fat dairy and whole cereal. Never skip this important meal of the day.
  7. Eat the right brain boosting power foods such as flaxseeds, walnuts, and fish that contain omega3 fatty acids. Consume atleast 5 servings of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables everyday, including all colours and green leafy vegetables,particularly spinach,that is rich in folic acid. These are rich in antioxidants which are important to perk up the immune system.
  8. Avoid rich and fatty foods, nicotine, alcohol that clog up the nervous system. Maintain normal weight at all times. Go on weight loss diet if necessary.
  9. Learn a new language. Practice with a friend. Learning new things grows new tissue and establishes new connections in the brain.
  10. Use your fingers to do things as the nerve endings at the tips of fingers are activated giving the brain a workout. Play a musical instrument, knit, crochet, embroider, cross stitch. Bake often where you knead the dough and roll out. Find something you have a passion for.
  11. Sing a song,learn new ones with lyrics.
  12. Listen to Mozart. Children that learn to play music or sing, were found to be more intelligent.
  13. Talk meaningfully engaging in gainful conversation with people. Talk to motivate yourself as well. Talk to imaginary characters. Make a habit of asking questions,even if it is to yourself.
  14. Laugh more often. Watch a funny movie. I know of several who like to unwind watching a comedy or a couple of Tom and Jerry cartoons ! It immediately lifts your mood and relaxes your whole self.
  15. Use your non-dominant hand to do simple tasks everyday. Brush your teeth, eat with your left hand if you are right handed. This is known to produce excellent results. It is an established fact that some prominent personalities from history used both their hands to write and made remarkable contributions to the world.
  16. Solve crossword puzzles, sudoku, rubiks cube or play a game of chess or checkers with a friend. These provide mental exercises that can be at once engaging, challenging and fun.
  17. Memorize often called phone numbers, solve mathematical problems without the use of calculator or computer. Remember birthdays and anniversaries without the calender.
  18. Whatever exercise you choose, be consistent and engage in the same activity at the same time every day for excellent results.
  19. You can improve your concentration and memory by self massage. Right at the base of the skull in the back of the neck are located two acupressure points. Place your crossed hands behind your head with your thumbs at the sides of the neck. Next, lean your head backwards and rest it against the pressure formed by the thumbs and the index fingers. Breathe slowly taking deep breaths and exhale through the mouth. Let your whole body relax as you do this massage. Continue for about five minutes. it will improve blood circulation to the neck and relax the neck muscles.
  20. Yoga and meditation calms the mind and improves brain functions.
  21. Correct any postural defects as this can interfere with your overall mental and physical health. This applies to both sitting and standing.
  22. Never waste time and always engage in good thinking that is productive.
  23. Did you know that writing gives a boost to your brain power ? Now, you can engage in gainful writing for Hubpages . Writing down always tells your brain what is important to you and helps you recall when needed. It clarifies your thinking. It enhances your creative and analytical ability. Maintaining diaries, penning poems, journals, story writing are some examples.
  24. Children can have an early start eating all the right brain foods. 10 Super Brain Foods For Your Kids will show you how.

Our brains have a natural ability to renew and increase capacity improving one's cognitive abilities and of course, memory and concentration. It is only a matter of having the desire to have it and then performing the exercises consistently.


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    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      7 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Merry Christmas to you too, Kenneth! Thanks for the encouragement!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Amazing hub, Purple Perl. A masterfully-written piece. Voted up and all the way. YOU are so talented that I am in awe of you. Keep up the great work. I am sorry for not being here sooner. I do value you as my follower and friend. Merry Christmas to you and yours. KENNETH

    • howcurecancer profile image


      8 years ago

      I am taking care of my mental health, I believe is the most important.

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Hey everybody,

      Thanks for sharing your views and experiences.

    • toknowinfo profile image


      8 years ago

      Excellent hub. You covered a lot in this article and give valuable information.I might have become more forgetful with each pregnancy, but I can't remember how good my memory was before. The worst was while I was pregnant. I couldn't remember what I was saying in the middle of saying it. When I would have conversations with my other pregnant friends, we didn't get too far in our discussions. Neither of us could give us clues about what we were saying. I coined it "lapses in the synapses"

    • crystolite profile image


      8 years ago from Houston TX

      Great info and thanks for sharing this because many people don't know the usefulness of exercise.

    • rocknrollcowboy profile image


      8 years ago from California

      It is highly important to "think outside the box" continue to learn and help yourself grow mentally. Great brain exercises. Great HUB, Thank you

    • irenemaria profile image


      8 years ago from Sweden

      I started to make crossword puzzles when I was five! Have not stopped yet. I also heard that it is good brain training =) thanks for a lovely hub!

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      PegCole17, thanks for sharing about your mom and grandma who are so mentally active. Cheers!

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      I liked your list of exercises. Maybe we lose some memory capacity with age because our brains are crowded with more years of information: people's names, places, dates, events, news etc. As my Grandmother reached her 90s her recall of events long past was better than current events. At 85, my Mom uses her computer to play games trying to stimulate her problem solving abilities.

    • PMS9 profile image


      8 years ago from India

      Great useful information here,,,,,,, Thanks

    • luvly4luv profile image

      Okoli Onyedika Joseph 

      8 years ago from Lagos

      nice write up my friend. I love ur work.infact u did justice to to dat.we have to exercise our brain always so as to remain sharp and fit. i hav put together in details,lists of some simple daily exercises to help sharpen our brain. U can find it here

    • luvly4luv profile image

      Okoli Onyedika Joseph 

      8 years ago from Lagos

      i like ur hub. Lets join hands to help make dis world a better place 4 man kind

    • freehans profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines

      Very nice to know about this informative hub. Thanks for this informative article you've shared. Thumbs up

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      8 years ago from Who knows?

      I have the worst memory so I can definitely use some of these tips.

    • mathan42 profile image


      8 years ago

      nice hub and nice information...check out my hub on study techniques at and give your feedback...

    • ashleyyoung profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Very informative and equally fantastic resources as well. I too, am a player of brain exercise games, and my favorite would have to be Brain Age in the Nintendo DS. Still playing every once and a while and still looking to beat my best score of 23 (with the highest allowable score as 20. Not bad at all for a busy mom like me. :)

    • kai777 profile image


      9 years ago from Chicago

      Very useful! thanx.

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      9 years ago

      nice,can you tell another valuable facts

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      9 years ago

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    • projectmaster profile image


      9 years ago

      its true I think I need to train my brain to focus great article

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Dmian,glad that these tips will benefit you. And hoping to read and enjoy your hubs.

    • Dmian profile image


      9 years ago

      ah the most important muscle can not be seen with the naked eye but you can definitely tell when it is exercised, excellent tips, I will follow your advice, just beginning to write on hubpages and I intend to continue for some time.

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      CaribeM, I am glad this hub proved useful to you. Do not lose hope for I have seen excellent improvements in those who truly desire and put the above tips into consistent practice.

      Wish you all the best.

    • CaribeM profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for a very helpful Hub. In the past months I've been struggling with loss of memory and concentration due to health problems. I started to create hubs in order to "get my groove" back in terms of some "intellectual" exercise. But is hard regain my 100% mental health in terms of memory and concentration. That bothers me a lot. I think that the tips you offer will help me even more.

      Thanks again and take care!

    • gajendran1975 profile image


      9 years ago

      Thank you

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Good to see you alexandria.

    • alexandriaruthk profile image


      9 years ago from US

      nice explanation and good hub, brain exercises are good for all of us!

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Glad you liked it,midnightbliss.

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      Haydee Anderson 

      9 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      great lens. i like your tips for brain exercises.

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Yes ethel,the more we use it, the more beneficial.

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience, angela.

    • angela_michelle profile image

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      9 years ago from United States

      I believe in learning one thing new each year, it helps activate the brain. This year it was learning how to do ballet, next year it's piano.

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Like all things it is a use it or lose it ability


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