Why You Need To Exercise Your Brain Too
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
Did you know that you can actually become SMARTER?
I’m not talking about learning facts and memorizing knowledge – that is only part of it.
What I am talking about is how you can actually build yourself a faster, stronger and smarter brain! Not only will you be able to remember what you read and learn easier, you can also solve problems quicker, pay attention longer and even read faster.
So, where is this magic brain-enhancing pill?
I hate to break it to ya, but there is no pill.
However, you CAN change your brain through exercises that target your thinking skills.
There are 7 core cognitive skills (thinking skills) that dictate your ability to process information – anything from your new project at work to your ability to pay attention to a conversation.
The 7 core skills are:
- Attention – Your ability to focus
- Processing Speed – How quickly you take in new information
- Short Term Memory – Your ability to temporarily remember information
- Auditory Processing – Your ability to discern sounds and “hear yourself”
- Visual Processing – Your ability to create mental images
- Logic And Reasoning – Your ability to problem solve
- Long Term Memory – Your ability to recall information (your brain’s filing system)
Think of these 7 core skills as your “brain muscles.” If you want to improve these brain muscles, then you must train them! By doing various cognitive exercises, you will strengthen your neural pathways – thanks to a process called neuroplasticity. These pathways are what connect one part of your nervous system to another.
Just like when you are in the gym lifting weights and “doing reps” to build stronger muscles, engaging in thinking exercises will help you build a stronger brain.
So, how do you get started with exercising your brain?
I am a huge fan of brain training apps. There are various free versions you can download and try out. Using an app is also a great way to keep track of your progress as one of the app features is keeping score of how you perform. Consistency is KEY – so make sure to use your app daily for best results.
There are endless materials and resources for FREE on the internet too, so take a look around and find activities and exercises that work for you. If you find an exercise difficult – it is most likely an indication that that is a skill you need to train. Many of the online exercises gradually increase in difficulty so that your brain is constantly challenged.
Other activities you can do include Sudoku (logic and reasoning), the game Memory… pretty much anything that requires you to THINK!
After you do your daily brain exercises, make sure you are fueling yourself with brain boosting foods. Make sure you drink a lot of water to ensure you are properly hydrated and consume nutrient dense foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
The top 10 foods to boost your brainpower are:
1. Oily fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers)
5. Coconut oil
8. Dark green leafy vegetable (spinach, kale, collard greens)
10. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
By maintaining a regular brain training and exercise program along with a natural and balanced diet, you will increase your odds of maintaining a healthy brain for the rest of your life!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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