All About Brains

Brain Exercise

All About Brains

The brain is the control center of the whole body.

As the say goes” USE IT OR LOSE IT” it sure applied to my brains, as it has been a constant demand on my mind.

Some days I can think better than others, so much stress lately hasn’t helped, but when I go to bed at night and wake up in the morning, writing is always on my mind “What am I going to write about today”?

One of the reasons I am always keen to keep my brain active is –

  • I have one sister with a brain disorder (epilepsy)
  • another sister who had Multiple Sclerosis, she died 2006
  • also, another one who had a brain tumor remove some years ago
  • so I do concentrate on keeping my brain turning over every day.

Brain Fact

The human brain hasn’t changed in the last 40,000 years or more, and yet we are expected to train and learn more new tech knowledge every day, we are increasingly experiencing a state of information overload.

Exercise our Brains

We all know how important it is to exercise our bodies, but did you know how vital it is to regularly give your brain a workout. Research shows that using your brain – in particular, to learn something new – can help it to work better.

And while it’s true that our brains shrink as we age and many of our cognitive (thinking) abilities degrade over time, it is possible to prevent or reverse this decline by constantly challenging your mind.

Use your Brains

People used to think that once we became adults our brains were incapable of change. This was because the brain develops the wiring that controls abilities such as hearing, seeing, feeling, thinking and movement when we are infants. But over the last ten years or so, new research has shown that physical changes take place in the brain every time we learn something new.

Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are released, helping to keep our “mental wiring” working properly. This process of physical change is known as brain plasticity. It is now thought that one of the reasons the brain doesn’t work as well when we are older could be because we’re not using it to learn new things like we did when we were younger.

Scientists say you should do activities that teach you something new every day, that it is a challenge to you and makes you concentrate.

Keep trying to do things that are progressively harder every day it helps to boost the levels of crucial brain chemicals that improve your learning and memory.

How the human brain works

Five Brain Exercises

1. Learn To Play A Musical Instrument

Playing an instrument helps to exercise many types of related brain functions, including listening controlling refined movements and translating written notes to music.

2. Memorize A Song

Listen to a song over and over until you can remember all the words. Developing careful listening habits helps your ability to understand, think and remember.

Singing the song word for word requires you to be able to focus your attention and tap into your memory. When you focus like this your brain releases a chemical that helps it to rewire itself.

Once you have memorized one song, try another one.

3. Exercise Your Peripheral Vision And Memory

Sit in a place where you don’t usually spend much time, stare straight ahead and don’t move your eyes. Concentrate on everything you can see, including everything in your peripheral vision.

When you think you’ve noticed everything you can, write down a list of what you’ve seen. Then do it again, this time adding to your list.

A task like this, which use vision and memory, encourage the brain to release more of a chemical that is crucial for our ability to focus and remember things.

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This is a puzzle I did, it made my brain work, but I enjoyed it

4. Do A Jigsaw Puzzle

Make sure it’s a challenging one of at least 500 pieces. Mosaic puzzle, will test the mind and make your brain turn over with so many different colors involved in the design.Completing a jigsaw requires you to make visual judgments, focus and use refined movements to put the pieces in place. It gives your brain a great workout.

5. Play Ball

Practice throwing and catching a ball. Do it by yourself if no-one else will play ball. If you’re really good at it already take up juggling.

Mastering these activities improves your brain ability to see and to develop hand-eye coordination, which helps strengthen your brain.

6 thoughts on “All About Brains

  1. Excellent advice, Elsie, and you’re on to it! I’m fascinated by the current gush of new brain research and I continue to learn. You didn’t mention the top two categories of brain candy: socialising and exercising! But I’m sure you’re well aware of their magic properties too.

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  2. Safe words to live by, Elsie. Board and card games stretch the brain. I play competitive scrabble which is not only about words but game strategy and social contact. Mindful of the benefits of learning something new, bridge lessons have left me thinking I’ll never remember all the game rules. Enjoying reading your blog.

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  3. Interesting. One of the things I like about being a writer is that we have to constantly learn new things–what kind of rifles were available in 1860s California, Overland Trail conditions in 1857, and the phases of the moon in 1937 (an incomplete list of my research topics).

    And we just got a new puppy. That’s a blast from my child-rearing past–getting up in the middle of the night, dealing with teething, preventing jealousy from our other dogs. But it does keep me on my toes, keeping up with our ten-week-old German shepherd girl. 🙂

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