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Boost Brainpower With Mental Exercises

It does not matter if you are a student studying for final exams or a senior looking to preserve and enhance your memory; we all need a little boost in our brainpower from time to time. This article will give you some advice on how to boost your brainpower with mental exercises.

Imagine that your brain is a computer. What do you do when your computer begins to run slow? You upgrade and add more memory.

However, with the brain, you do not have this luxury. You can, however, do mental exercises which are similar to adding more memory. You know the old saying you cannot teach an old dog new tricks? Scientists have actually proven that this is wrong and the human brain actually can adapt and change, even late into old age. This is known as neuroplasticity or brain plasticity.

With the right stimulation you are able to form new neural pathways and alter current pathways. By harnessing the power of neuroplasticity you can increase your cognitive abilities, increase your ability to learn new information, and ultimately improve your memory.

First, you need to make sure you are physically exercising. By treating your body well you enhance the ability to process and recall information. Physical exercise helps reduce the risk of memory loss disorders and can increase the oxygen to your brain.

Next, you need to make sure you are getting an adequate amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation causes your brain to not operate at full capacity which causes your creativity, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving abilities to falter.

Even more important though is the fact that sleep is necessary for memory consolidation. If you are not getting enough sleep you will retain less information that you recently learned than if you were to get a good night’s rest.

Finally, you need to ensure that you are continually challenging your brain. When you are an adult you have developed millions of neural pathways that help you with problem solving and executing familiar tasks, but these require little mental effort. You need to challenge your brain to stimulate it in order for the brain to grow and develop.

In order to challenge your brain, you need to do activities that are unfamiliar and out of your comfort zone. The idea is to do something you have never done in order to add additional neural pathways. Make sure the activity is challenging. If you are able to complete an activity with little effort then it is not challenging enough. Finally, make sure it is fun so you will continue doing it.

Whether you are a student studying for a final or a senior looking to keep his mind sharp, everyone needs a boost in brainpower. Follow the information provided in this article and you will get a boost in brainpower with mental exercises.