Your brain is involved in everything you do. It can be trained like any other part of your body. Brain exercises are good for all people, but they are especially needed as you get older.
They improve your focus and memory, make your brain work better and keep it sharp. With exercises your brain will be able to withstand neurological damage due to aging without any signs of memory loss. If you do the exercises listed below regularly, it will help you improve your brain’s cognitive reserves.
Regular meditation is probably the best thing you can do for your mental and physical health. Meditation not only calms your body and mind, it also helps reduce stress and exercises your brain. Go to a quiet place, close your eyes and meditate at least for 5-10 minutes every day.
Learn a new skill
Is there anything you have always wanted to learn? Well, it is the right time for it. Learning is not only interesting and informative, it also helps improve connections in your brain. Maybe you would like to know how to repair a car, ride a horse or play a new musical instrument? Any of these options will boost your brain power.
Teach a new skill
You practice and improve your new skill by teaching it to others. It requires you to recall all the information and explain the concept. Moreover, in the process you will correct all the mistakes you do and therefore upgrade your skill.
Learn a new language
Researches show that bilingualism is really good for the brain and can delay dementia by 4-5 years. It is never too late to start learning a foreign language, you can do that at any age. Speaking more than one language has many advantages: it improves your memory, makes you more creative and multitasking. Regular chat stimulates the production of chemicals in the brain which support your mental health.
Do a jigsaw
It doesn’t matter if you put together a 1000 or a 100 piece puzzle, it will exercise your brain anyway. Researches show that working on a jigsaw puzzle can delay cognitive aging too. You have to look at the hundreds of pieces and find where they fit, it is a real challenge for your brain.
Start from a small jigsaw and then go for larger puzzles every time, it will strengthen your brain a lot.
Brush your teeth with a non-dominant hand
There are many routine things which we do the same way every day, but if you once decide to do them differently it may really challenge your brain. Brush your teeth or eat your breakfast with an opposite hand, it will improve your brain power and make it more productive.
Take a new route
You probably go to work using the same route every day. Why wouldn’t you try something new? You can opt for another transport: choose a different route, ride a bike instead of driving; walk (even for a while) instead of using public transport. You might not believe, but it will change the way you think and train your brain.
Do the 4-things observation exercise
Next time you encounter someone, try to remember four things about this person. For example, he is wearing a red sweater and a brown hat, has blue eyes and blonde hair. You should remember all the details and try to recall them after some time. This technique will train your memory. Start from observing one person a day, when you become good at it, you may add more information or more people.
Eat healthy food
It is not a secret that food can have an influence on the brain structure. To support your brain function, you should consume healthy products every day. Oily fish such as salmon, herring or tuna contains vital omega-3. Dark chocolate has cocoa, which contains antioxidants. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries are also antioxidant-rich. Sunflowers seeds, hazelnuts and almonds contain both omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Eggs are a good source of the vitamin B. Broccoli and Kale contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Adults need from seven to nine hours of sleep. This is the time when your body gets rid of all the toxins and regenerates cells. Enough sleep helps maintain your concentration and memory. A lack of sleep can provoke such disorders as obesity, depression, diabetes. Take care of your physical and mental health and make sure you get enough sleep every day.
Each of these exercises works good and it is even better if you combine several of them. They are appropriate for people of any age. Train your brain regularly and you will be surprised with the results. While doing these exercises, make sure that nothing interrupts you, otherwise it will be very hard to concentrate.
Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur and investor based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) Approved Person and is has great experience as director of regulated companies. He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their life. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.