You go the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance, or maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.
Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body, Your brain.
So here is how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills.
1. Work Your Memory:
Twyla Tharp, an NYC – based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout.
When she watches one of her performance, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing it down.
The practice of both remembering events or things and discussing then with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.
Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation, receiving, remembering and thinking help to improve the function of the brain.
Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.
2. Do Something Different Repeatedly:
By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.
Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.
It was not a matter of strength you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.
3. Learn Something New:
It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better it’s going to perform for you.
For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see, to something you actually do.
Learning new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.
You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance.
4. Follow a Brain Training Program:
The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like (Brain HQ) can help you to improve your memory, or think faster, by just following the brain training exercises.
5. Work Your Body:
Working your body helps to improve the fitness of your brain.
Even briefly exercising for twenty minutes facilities information processing and memory functions. But it is not just that, exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.
6. Spend Time With Loved Ones:
If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you must have meaningful relationships in your life. Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.
7. Avoid Crossword Puzzles:
Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.
8. Eat Properly:
Foods like fish, fruits and vegetables help your brain perform optically. Try to eat at least three times daily, and make sure the meals you take are balanced. Try to take in more water to keep hydrated and focused, at least five to six glasses of water would be enough.
Eat losts of fruits and green leafy vegetables and try to stay away from too much fat, oil and genetically modified foods.
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