It is important to be physically active. Regular exercise offers many benefits to your overall health including weight loss, lower blood pressure, and increased energy levels. But, just as you should workout your body each day, you should also exercise your mind.
Research shows that by strengthening your brain, you can boost your intelligence and improve your brain’s health.
What type of brain exercises are best for your mind? What type of exercises should you be doing every day?
Here are a few to consider.
A jigsaw puzzle is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your mind. Research shows that when you complete a puzzle, your mind must use a variety of cognitive abilities to help put it together. You have to look at the pieces in different ways and visualize where each piece could go, which challenges your brain and helps strengthen it. You don’t have to spend much time completing a puzzle each day either. Just a few minutes can help you tap into these benefits.
You may not realize it but when you exercise your entire body, you are also benefiting your brain as well. Research shows that exercising can lead to an increase in cell production in the hippocampus. This is an important area of the brain and helps you to store information, learn new things, and improves your memory. Studies have also found that the more you exercise and move your body, the better your brain works and the less decline you may experience as you age.
Spend Time with Friends
You may not realize it but spending time with others is a great way to boost your brain. It allows access to several areas of the brain and those who stay social decrease their risk of Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
However, while being social and talking to another individual at least once a day sounds simple enough, for introverts or those who live alone, this can be a challenge. It is important that you find some way to be socially active whether that is by inviting friends over, taking classes, volunteering, working, etc.
Learn a New Language
No matter your age, learning a new language should be on your “must-do” list. Learning a new language can also be exciting and you can experience a boost of confidence as you master it. As you learn, you are strengthening your memory and boosting your mind, helping you improve your brain function. Plus, learning a new language is something you can do anywhere and anytime. Just spend time on it every day and you will reap the rewards.
If you want to learn a new language but you have doubts a program will help you become fluent, visit us at the Conversa Spanish Institute. We take a unique approach by focusing on mindset and conversation rather than memorization. We give you the confidence and motivation you need to help you continue learning and expanding your brain every single day.