CogniFit's Science blog: The Power Of Mental Exercise On Your Mind And Memory

The Power Of Mental Exercise On Your Mind And Memory

As an adolescent, there is the constant mindset that nothing can harm you. The world is full of curious wonders, exciting discoveries and challenges that are worth every second.

Every minute of the day the youth take in various information and are constantly learning. Mental exercise seems like an afterthought, but as we age it is something that requires attention.

It is no secret that the younger you are the easier it is to learn something. However, it is also true that if you allow the brain to go dormant it will deteriorate. The chance of developing dementia or memory problems probably increases, which is precisely why mental exercise becomes so crucial as the numbers climb up in age.

There have been countless studies and experiments by researchers and scientists from all over the world around the mind and memory. One interesting finding came from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, which discovered that you can strengthen a muscle simply by thinking about exercising it.

A team of 30 healthy young adults imagined using the muscle of their little finger or of their elbow flexor for 12 weeks at five minutes a day, five days a week. A controlled group did no imaginary exercises and showed no strength gains. Those who did think about it showed a pinky muscle strength of 35% with the other group having an increased elbow strength of 13.4%.

Something that often dissipates with adulthood due to work, responsibilities at home and stress is the new challenges and tasks on the brain. A common phrase is if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. This is especially true with the brain as brain cells will fade if you do not put them to work.

Not only do you want to challenge your brain with novel tasks and difficult exercises, but taking on something new is just as important. Who knew taking a square-dancing, yoga or sculpture class could actually be considered as mental exercise on top of the regular computerized brain training tasks that you should do.

And you are never too early to begin the development and challenge on the brain. For youngsters whose minds are flourishing and for older people whose cognition might be declining, brain fitness is beneficial to the brain.

The simple fact of the matter is we have to train, exercise and challenge our brains throughout life. People do not realize memory loss and the dissipation of brain cells can be avoided by practicing various forms of mental exercise and brain training. No matter how old or young you may be, the time to train begins today.