It is common knowledge that the human body needs exercise in order to function properly, but did you know that the same principle goes for the human brain? Yes, our brains also need all the exercise it can get in order to keep the mind in shape and functional.
One might argue that an individual cannot possibly go through one whole day without using his/her brain. To me, that constitutes that brain exercise needed. Remember that the human mind is innately smart. When you go about your routine every single day, the brain remembers and somehow ‘programs’ this routine, causing it to work less hard when you just do things that are already familiar every single day. This is the reason you must keep your brain active; you have to engage it in activities that will force the mind to exert effort.
This is a side note to the article. My brain tends to work efficiently when two things happen: I get my caffeine and complete a workout. I’ve recently switched to a pre-workout (no more coffee) because it contains the caffeine I need; it also gives me the extra boost to workout at the gym. After those two things happen, I am ready to do my brain puzzles! Also, remember that women take to pre-workouts differently than men; make sure to check out bestpreworkoutforwomen.me for some women’s friendly advice.
Back to the brain exercises–to complement your physical workout, here are some brain exercises that will keep your mental and intellectual activity at par with your physical state:
Puzzles – there must be a thousand variations of puzzles available out there, so you will never run out of options to keep your mind excited. You can try Sudoku, crossword puzzles, or even jigsaw puzzles! There are tangible toys of this kind to play with, but there are also software puzzles to keep your mind occupied all the time – whether you’re in public transportation, or while waiting for a friend to meet you, you can keep your brain busy with puzzles.
Wikipedia:Random – the internet actually provides a lot of venues that will keep your mind busy, but you have to be able to distinguish between websites that require you to think and learn, compared to the ones that would just take up your time without leaving you anything worth your time. Wikipedia random is a surefire way to keep your brain alive. Do this every day to guarantee that you learn something new and allow your brain to expand its scopes and limitations.
Sense stimulation – a great way to keep the mind healthy is to regularly check its connection with each of your senses. Try recreational stuff first, like relaxing with music; and if you are ready for more intense mind activities, try enrolling in a yoga class and learn how to meditate.
Learn a new language – learning a new language not only entails that you learn how to speak a foreign tongue, it also compels you to learn about the culture of other nations, particularly how they relate with other people. Learning a new language may be intellectually stressful at times, which makes it a good brain exercise. Make sure you don’t give up!You can even sign up for an actual language course if you have the time to spare.
Eat for the brain – there are a lot of things you could do to exercise the mind, and I’m sure you can find out some of these by yourself. However, it is still worth reiterating that the human mind works parallel to the human body. For it to stay healthy, it is not enough to just engage it in activities and exercises. You have to ensure that you also have a healthy intake of foods that are good for the brain. This includes vegetables, walnuts, unsalted nuts, and salmons.
Keep that brain healthy and live the independent live you deserve!