Monday, April 15, 2013

Healthline.com Guest Posting: Brain Exercises You Can Do Today



I didn’t write any of the smart advice that follows. It was all comes from Valerie Johnston who writes for Healthline.com- www.healthline.com

There is so much emphasis placed on health nowadays. This even includes keeping a healthy and active mind. Some people might think this sounds ridiculous. After all, how exactly do you go about exercising your brain? Surprisingly, the brain is one of the easiest parts of the body to work out. You might not be lifting weights with your frontal lobe or anything like that, but there are actually some great ways you can exercise your mind on a daily basis.

Board Games

One fun way to exercise your brain is by playing board games. These kinds of games have recently become “outdated” because individuals would much rather play video games instead. This is sad, seeing as all video games do for you is fry brain cells and cause other damage to your vision and mind. If you focus more on playing games that actually challenge your brain, you will be strengthening your mental processes without even knowing it. Games like Scrabble, Labyrinth, Aggravation, and others are mentally stimulating and train the different parts of your mind in different ways.

Some games really work on your verbal and vocabulary skills. These games will help you become a more eloquent speaker and to sound more educated in social situations. Other games train the analytical side of your mind and will allow you to think faster in pressing situations and to come up with solutions to all kinds of problems. Whatever the case, board games are inherently useful for brain training and do a lot more for you than watching TV or playing video games.

Social Interaction

Talking to other people and putting yourself into the middle of social situations is also another great way to work those brain cells. If you isolate yourself all day and night, you will lose a lot of your social skills, a huge part of your mind that you need for proper daily function. You need to work all the parts of your brain if you want to keep a balanced lifestyle and not lose any of your important skills. The same goes for being social.

If you never take time to read or study or do something besides chat with friends, you will lose a lot of your intellectual capabilities. The way the mind works is that when some set of skills in the brain isn’t used in a certain amount of time, it is pushed out of the mind and you basically forget how to do those things you used to be able to do. For example, that is why people who do not practice speaking a foreign language on a regular basis usually lose this ability over time.

Physical Exercise

Believe it or not, physical exercise is also a way to exercise the brain. When you work out, your brain gets a fresh flow of oxygen and different hormones and chemicals that stimulate it and allow the brain to work at full capacity. This is why it is often easier to think after going for a run or lifting weights for a little while. After a good physical work out, your mind is ready to go and can refocus on things after getting rid of all the stress that was bottled up inside beforehand.

Sometimes working out your brain is even more important than exercising your body. Your mind is one of the most important parts of your body. Without it, you would be dead. Taking care of this vital part of you is something that is actually easier than you might have thought. So, give it a try by playing some fun board games, meeting up with some friends, and getting a good work out.


Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon, writing for www.Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

1 comment:

Mary said...

Good suggestions on brain exercises. Thanks a lot!