4 Exercises to increase brain power

We all know that exercise improves the strength, endurance and flexibility of the body, but what are we doing to exercise our brain? It’s equally important to flex your brain muscle by improving memory, the ability to remember, concentration, attention, visual perception, reflex speed, and problem-solving skills. Try these exercises to help build brain power by forming new nerve connections and neural networks.

Toe movement

Before getting out of bed in the morning, slowly start to wiggle your toes. Continue for a few minutes wiggling all your toes and then just your big toes. This exercise helps the brain to be more alert and energetic for better gait and better coordination.

Walks and tours to increase brain power

Studies show that in the long term, regular physical activity such as walking helps improve cognitive function in older people, including improved verbal memory, fluency, and attention.

Walking helps increase blood flow to the brain, bathing it with more oxygen and healthier nutrients for the nerves and supporting tissues, thus increasing brain power.

Display and memory

Have someone show you 5 to 10 different objects, and look at each one for 10 to 15 seconds. Then ask him to place them in different places in the room. Wait a few minutes, and then leave the room and write a detailed visual description of each object and exactly where in the space it is placed. To get the maximum benefits, this exercise should be completed within 10 minutes.

“Wire” the brain

Children are able to learn new languages ​​and skills faster than adults because their brains are still creating new pathways (neural networks).

As adults, new networks can also be created in the brain by challenging ourselves with learning new things. Try dressing with your eyes closed or performing everyday tasks with your non-dominant hand, such as eating or using a computer mouse.

Perform mental exercises to stimulate new nerve connections, include learning new vocabulary words or words in a new language, and recite the alphabet backwards until you can do it as fast as reciting it forward.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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