How to exercise your brain…

How to exercise your brain...
How to exercise your brain...

The brain is a muscle and needs to be exercised just like any other muscle in the body. By keeping your brain in tip-top shape, it can increase your IQ, memory retention and improves overall problem-solving skills. This article describes a few exercises you can do to keep your brain in shape.


If you don’t come from a language enrich environment, reading a book can help boost your vocabulary deficit. By increasing your vocabulary, you increase your understanding of language in a more general application. When you come across a word you don’t know, pull out that handy dictionary (AKA google it), then use it throughout the day, making it a new part of your speech, and in turn shrink that language deficit.

Eat healthy and exercise

Scientist have proven that broccoli, tomatoes, omega-3, certain berries, green teas and protein in general will boost neurons to produce important neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine― which increases mental alertness. Healthy exercise and eating right is not just for your body but critical to the mental wellness of your brain.

Positive mindset

Recent discoveries prove that your mindset matters on an emotional level but also on a physiological one. Believing in yourself when a task is hard, will help you cross the finish line and with every finish line you cross, you’ve learned something new to get you there. (AKA: Clever. Intelligent. Smart.)

Pushing past your comfort zone

To increase brain functions, we need to learn something new that’s out of our current skill set. Is there an instrument you’ve always wanted play but never took the time to learn? Did you want to study a different language? Childhood fun like coloring and puzzles are a great way to keep your brain in shape which helps to expand the brain’s neural networks.

Brain games

There are many great brain game apps on your phone too. You could also take up the daily crossword puzzle, sudoku, play a board game like boggle and scrabble. The key here is to be creative, so your brain gets the exercise it needs to stay sharp.

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VIABeverley Miles