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Keeping Our Brains Active
Giving Our Brains A Workout!
Yesterday I had the proud honor of attending my older brother's graduation where he was presented with his Masters in Theological Studies at the University of Toronto. My brother got his Masters at the tender age of 51 which just goes to show us we are never to old to learn.
Brain Workout- Taking Courses
Taking courses is one of the most common ways to learning new things; especially if you are considering a career change they are pretty much almost a necessity. Most careers require some level of schooling and different types of diplomas etc. depending on the type of career we are trying to learn. This is a great forum for your brain to workout in, studying and learning courses is one great way to feed the mind.
Healthy Mind is an Active Mind!
Life in general is filled with new learning experiences each and everyday but we must get up off the couch to go and pursue them. We must find things that interest us such as taking up music lessons; perhaps learning how to play an acoustic guitar. A healthy mind is an active mind it is important to give your mind a workout. Doing regular mental workouts are just as important as doing physical workouts. To stay healthy the mind and body both must be exercised and often.
Too much T.V. Dulls the Brain!
Spending too much time sprawled on a couch with your eyes glued to the T.V. screen is not giving your mind any real kind of challenges. Most shows we watch don't involve giving our minds any type of workout. In fact they have just the opposite effect where they are not challenging our minds in the least; thus in turn our brains start to react slower loosing their sharp edge; our brains become dull.
Stimulating Our Brains with Fun Games!
Simple workouts we can do for our brains that are also fun are playing games that will stimulate our brains; getting the old wheels turning once again. You can play certain games that will stimulate a specific area of the brain. Try and play an assortment of games that will help benefit different areas of your brain; giving you a well balanced workout. Doing something as simple as a crossword puzzle is good for stimulating the brain. Taking part in activities in which you need to use your brain power is another great way to do a brain workout. One that a lot of children enjoy participating in is spelling "B's" or learning their times tables is another way to get their minds working and thinking.
No Techno Gizmos Time
A good idea if you have children would be to set aside a time where no techno gizmos are allowed; instead get them involved with some type of activity in which they need to use their minds to accomplish the activity at hand. Perhaps you could do something fun like painting flower pots together bringing the creative side of you and your child out while spending some quality time together.
Healthier Food Choices
We can also feed our minds by eating healthier foods; dark leafy greens such as : collard, spinach, and bok choy to name a few. These are known to help in preventing Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, as well as dementia due to the folic acid that they contain. Berries are something most of us love, on the healthy side they are good for our short term memory. They are filled with anti-oxidants that help protect the brain cells from free radicals. Fish is another popular food that is filled with omega-3 fatty acids which lubricate the cells in our central nervous system helping our cells to function properly. It also helps to reduce brain swelling. To help with memory loss or forgetfulness are wholegrain foods as they contain acid, essential vitamins such as B6 and B12 these are all good in helping improve the memory.
There are many things we can do to help keep our minds healthy and active but to get positive results we must take action in getting those wheels in our minds moving. We must remember most importantly that a mind is a beautiful thing to waste. It is time to graduate from the couch to an activity that is going to feed your mind not starve it!