Boost your Mental Fitness

When you know you need to exercise your body, did you know that it is also important to exercise your mind? You may have heard the old saying, “Use it or throw it away.” Many researchers believe that this system works in your brain.

Brain training is all the rage these days, often seen as a way to sharpen your mind and strengthen intelligence. While many cognitive scientists have suggested that the claims surrounding brain training are both exaggerated and misleading, there are a number of studies that suggest that certain types of activities can help your mental health.

1. What Can You Do to Strengthen Your Mind?

The plastic brain allows you to adapt and change, or weed. As you learn new things, you can build and strengthen neural pathways and networks. This helps to keep your brain strong, but it can also help make you more flexible and adaptable.

These benefits can go a long way in keeping your mind sharp as you grow older.

One in-depth study involved more than 2,800 participants over the age of 65 each doing one of three different forms of psychotherapy. The types of training used include speed processing training, memory training, and thought training

Researchers found that those in the jurisdictional team of the study group received significant benefits, perhaps because the training led to a broader pattern of brain activity. However, all three groups benefited, receiving protection from age-related dementia that lasted for at least five years. Clearly, certain mental functions can have significant brain benefits

Now let’s look at the brain exercises you can do at home. Although these brain games are not designed to make you more intelligent, you may find that you feel mentally sharp and have the power to know if you practice them regularly.

One of the best ways to strengthen your mind is to take commitment, but it is also one of the most effective and rewarding ways. Find out what you need to do to get your mind set on the task at hand.


2. Take Care of Your Body To Take Care of Your Mind
If you want to take care of your mind, you need to start by taking care of your body.

Studies have repeatedly shown that people who engage in healthy habits, such as exercise and a healthy diet, are less likely to be affected by the mental decline associated with aging.

Studies from 2006 have also shown that exercise can make you smarter and protect your brain from slowing down as it grows.3 A study in mice in 2013 also revealed that exercise can increase neurogenesis, or the formation of new brain cells, in the hippocampus of the brain. 4

One study published in 2013 looked at healthy behavior in about 2,300 men over a 30-year period. Researchers look at participants’ behaviors and cognitive abilities from an early age to tracking their progress during old age

Researchers found that men who engaged in certain healthy activities were less likely to be 60% more likely to develop mental retardation and dementia as they grew older.

These healthy behaviors included not smoking, maintaining a healthy BMI, exercising regularly, eating more vegetables and fruits, and drinking more alcohol in moderation.

So if you want to build a better mind, start working on your physical health first. Take a walk, start adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.

3. Draw a map of your city from memory
While you may feel that you can walk the streets of your neighborhood with your eyes closed, try to challenge your brain by drawing a map of your city or area with a memory. No cheating! Try to include highways, highways, and landmarks.

When you’re done, compare your memory map with the actual location map. How did you do it? Are you surprised by some of the things you missed? If you find this task too easy, try drawing an unfamiliar area in the memory, such as a map of the entire United States or Europe, and then trying to label all countries or countries.

Navigating your way to the store or doctor’s office may seem easy and almost automatic in the back of your car. However, forcing yourself to remember your local environment and drawing and labeling helps to activate different areas of your brain.

4. Learn Something New

This brain exercise requires a little commitment, but it is also one that can give your buck a lot. Learning something new is one way to keep your brain in their hands and continually introduce new challenges.

In another study, researchers assigned older adults to learn new skills ranging from digital photography to quilting. They then performed a memory test and compared the test groups and control groups. Those in the control groups used to do fun things but not so much a challenge to their minds, such as watching movies and listening to the radio.

Researchers found that only those participants who learned a new skill could improve in memory tests.

They also found that these memory improvements were still present when tested again a year later.

Other activities you may want to try include learning a new language, learning to play a musical instrument, or learning new entertainment. Not only will you expand your mind, but you will continue to learn something new as you continue to increase your skills and become more accomplished.

5. Try to use your unusual hand
The following are some interesting brain exercises recommended by a neurologist who can help “keep your brain alive.”

In his book Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness, neurobiologist Lawrence Katz recommends using your uncontrolled hand to strengthen your brain. Because using your opposite hand can be a big challenge, it can be a great way to increase brain function.7

Try changing hands while eating dinner or when trying to write something down. It’s going to be hard, but that’s exactly the point.

The most effective brain functions are those that are not easy.

The following is an activity you do almost every day, but you may not realize how helpful it can be to your mental faculties.

6 Share with friends for fun

Recreation tends to involve many areas of the brain and many social activities also involve physical activities, such as playing a game, that also benefits your mind.

Even if you are an inveterate introduction, wanting to connect with people can be helpful to your brain in the short and long term. Other ideas for staying involved with the community include signing up for volunteer opportunities in your community, joining a club, signing up for a local travel group, and staying very close to your friends and family.


7 Meditate

Exercise for the brain that you have never thought of can be very effective – meditation. Mental meditation, in particular, is all the rage right now, sponsored by psychologists, business leaders and other health professionals. Before you say that this ancient Buddhist tradition is very new to you, consider some research that shows the many benefits of meditation.

Studies from 2007 suggest that mindfulness meditation may help to integrate new neural pathways, which has led to the development of self-assessment skills and increased mental flexibility.

A 2007 study also showed that meditation can help improve attention, concentration, empathy, and self-defense. Research also suggests that meditation can even increase your working capacity. 9

Are you ready to try this brain activity? You can read the quick meditation meditation guide. You can also check out some practical tips to incorporate thinking into your daily life.

Once you have tried some of these brain tests, you may be left wondering if any of those online “brain training” websites can also help. Next, let’s see if those sites, apps, and apps really need your time.

8. What About All The Brain Training Games?

The possibilities are probably the best you’ve ever heard, or tried, of any of the many brain training games, websites, and apps out there. Many of these tools claim that these computer-assisted brain tests can increase your mental flexibility, keep you mentally sharp as you grow older and make you more intelligent.

While there is still much debate about whether these claims are true or not, there is a chance that playing these types of mental games can be good for your brain.

How much is really expected in the debate. If you think you can enjoy such games, you can find a good list of brain training resources that you would like to explore.

If, however, you have already spent a lot of time looking at your computer screen or smartphone, your time is probably best spent wandering around, enjoying a new hobby or visiting with a friend. All of these activities can have serious long-term effects on the health and function of your brain.