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Why should you give your brains a workout?

Updated on October 14, 2016

Exercise our Brains

We all know how important it is to exercise our bodies, but did you know how vital it is to regularly give your brain a workout. Research shows that using your brain - in particular, to learn something new - can help it to work better.

And while it's true that our brains shrink as we age and many of our cognitive (thinking) abilities degrade over time,it is possible to prevent or reverse this decline by constantly challenging your mind.

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Use your Brains

As the say goes" USE IT OR LOSE IT" it sure applied to my brains, as it has been a constant demand on my mind.

Some days I can think better than others, so much stress lately hasn't helped, but when I go to bed at night and wake up in the morning, writing is always on my mind "What am I going to write about today"?

But every day I still don't get any new hubs going, what is wrong?

I certainly need to get back writing as it helps my brains to keep working.

One of the reasons I am always keen to keep my brain active is -

  • I have one sister with a brain disorder (epilepsy)
  • another sister who had Multiple Sclerosis, she died 2006
  • also, another one who had a brain tumor remove some years ago
  • so I do concentrate on keeping my brain turning every day.

People used to think that once we became adults our brains were incapable of change. This was because the brain develops the wiring that controls abilities such as hearing, seeing, feeling, thinking and movement when we are infants. But over the last ten years or so, new research has shown that physical changes take place in the brain every time we learn something new.

Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are released, helping to keep our "mental wiring" working properly. This process of physical change is known as brain plasticity. It is now thought that one of the reasons the brain doesn't work as well when we are older could be because we're not using it to learn new things like we did when we were younger.

Scientists say you should do activities that teach you something new every day, that it is a challenge to you and makes you concentrate.

Keep trying to do things that are progressively harder every day it helps to boost the levels of crucial brain chemicals that improve your learning and memory.

1 Brain Exercise For Better Mental Concentration

Brain Fact

The human brain hasn't changed in the last 40,000 years or more, and yet we are expected to train and learn more new tech knowledge every day, we are increasingly experiencing a state of information overload.

Five Brain Exercises

1. Learn To Play A Musical Instrument

Playing an instrument helps to exercise many types of related brain functions, including listening controlling refined movements and translating written notes to music.

2. Memorize A Song

Listen to a song over and over until you can remember all the words. Developing careful listening habits helps your ability to understand, think and remember.

Singing the song word for word requires you to be able to focus your attention and tap into your memory. When you focus like this your brain releases a chemical that helps it to rewire itself.

Once you have memorized one song, try another one.

3. Exercise Your Peripheral Vision And Memory

Sit in a place where you don't usually spend much time, stare straight ahead and don't move your eyes. Concentrate on everything you can see, including everything in your peripheral vision.

When you think you've noticed everything you can, write down a list of what you've seen. Then do it again, this time adding to your list.

Task like this, which use vision and memory, encourage the brain to release more of a chemical that is crucial for our ability to focus and remember things.

4. Do A Jigsaw Puzzle

Make sure it's a challenging one of at least 500 pieces. Mosaic puzzle, will test the mind and make your brain turn over with so many different colors involved in the design.Completing a jigsaw requires you to make visual judgments, focus and use refined movements to put the pieces in place. It gives your brain a great workout.

5. Play Ball

Practice throwing and catching a ball. Do it by yourself if no-one else will play ball. If you're really good at it already take up juggling.

Mastering these activities improves your brain ability to see and to develop hand-eye coordination, which helps strengthen your brain.

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© 2011 Elsie Hagley

Do you Exercise your Brain? - It Is very easy to lose it - but it's not too late - if you start now

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @espio007: Puzzles are a great way to keep your brain active, makes you think hard.

      Yes I do remember those brain training exercises, I enjoy doing any kind of challengers that call for thoughtful actions.

      Yes exercise our brains, or loss them.

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      espio007 4 years ago

      I enjoy working out my brain with puzzles. I play an instrument as well. Anyone remember Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for the DS? They were quite popular a few years back.

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      I do a variety of mental activities daily but I want to try new ways too, thanks for the great Lens!

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      AnnaleeBlysse 5 years ago

      Great topic and so important!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      i believe that the day you stop learning is the day you begin dying.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now I would never have thought of exercising my peripheral vision and we often don't think of not using our dominant hand....great brain exercises for all of us to get started on, I kind of cheated and did a bit along the way, excellent!

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      TopTenLists 5 years ago

      Oh yes! I constantly look for new things to learn & not in areas that I am familiar or comfortable with ... it's more fun that way.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Lol...courtesy of the computer I try to get a little brain work in every day.