CogniFit's Science blog: The Do’s And Don’ts Of Brain Training

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Brain Training

Brain training is a necessity to anyone and everyone regardless of their age. It is the constant workouts and exercises on the mind that will enhance our abilities and concentration as time goes on rather than dissipating with age.

Still, there is a certain way to go about this training to make the most of your time.

As with anything in life, there is a right way and wrong way to brain training. While no method is life-threatening or permanently damaging, going about your exercises the wrong way can set you back months, or even years. So let’s start with what you want to avoid when attempting to stimulate your mind.

First and foremost, do not wait until tomorrow. There is no point in waiting for tomorrow to come in order to boost your brain power. All of the material you need and the resources required are right there waiting for you to take advantage of. And every day you put off is another day’s worth of material you could have built up in your mind.

Never use time as an excuse for why you cannot train. Far too many people think they are too busy to do the things that actually require no more than a few minutes. There are countless games and exercises out there that can be put to use while sitting on the bus, walking down the street, or in-between commercials of your favorite program.

Lastly, don’t overwhelm yourself. There is no greater deterrent than taking on something greater than your capacity. No one enjoys failing and being stumped time and time again. While it is crucial you challenge yourself, make sure the games and exercises are within reason.

As for the proper way to go about brain training, take baby steps. Just as it is frowned upon to overwhelm yourself, it is not recommended to rush yourself to the next level either. This will only set yourself up for failure. Instead, do a little each day and gradually increase the intensity of these exercises.

Starting your day off with some training activities can be a great way to stimulate the mind immediately after resting for hours. It gets the brain moving and will actually help you digest more being that your mind is fresh and alert.

Finally, consider adding a partner into the equation with your brain training. Training with a friend will not only enhance the brain power of someone else, but it makes things more enjoyable. Everything is more fun when you have someone to experience it with.