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Train Your Brain!

Brain-Training-Centers-Of-Florida-What-Can-It-Do-For-YouWith the obsession of fitness taking over the world, the aim of many is to build an attractive, aesthetically pleasing physique. I don’t blame you everything you see nowadays is all about portraying how we should look, and what is defined as sexy VS not. This results in a majority of us spending countless hours in the gym doing endless sets of dumbbell curls, squats, deadlifts, you name it. Whatever it takes to be able to look a certain way. Now my website is mostly dedicated to physical fitness, but I believe in order to achieve a maximum level of fitness we must also train our mind in addition to our body. I certainly don’t fully believe in trading brain for brawn.

Now it wasn’t until recently that I started to dig a little deeper into brain training because I did a simple test and found out that my brain was functioning at the age of 70, when I’m in fact only 25 years old. I was in absolute shock when the exam results showed up and it gave me that final score. I knew I had to do something about it, because if I don’t start now, my brain function will continue to decline as I age. So you may be wondering I’m doing about this old brain of mine. Well, like with building physical strength or endurance, our brains can be trained on a daily basis to improve memory, accuracy, clarity, and speed. Which is exactly what I want!

I signed up for this website called Lumosity (no this isn’t me trying to sell you something or get you to go to their website). You may have heard of it, it’s a very popular website dedicated to improving overall brain function by giving you exercises to do on a daily basis. I’ve been using this for a month now and I’m proud to say that the age of my brain has drastically decreased. It went down from 70 years old to a much better 35 years old. I’m much happier, and I’m sure with a few more months of training my brain will be as sharp as a tack, and the rightful age that it should be. I’ve actually noticed that my memory has acquired a slight boost, and my mental focus on daily tasks is much better than it was before. I highly recommend this website to you, but if you aren’t a fan of spending time to actually train your brain directly everyday, here are a few things that you can do to keep your mind strong and healthy:

1) Do something different everyday 

As adults, I know life can slowly work it’s way into a routine. For many it might consist of going to work, coming home to cook dinner, watching TV, and then going to bed. That gets repeated until the weekend comes, and with that kind of repetition, you aren’t really challenging your brain. A great way to keep your mind sharp is to do something different everyday to keep building new pathways in the brain. Have you been driving the same route to work everyday? Try an alternate route for a while. Been doing the same exercises in the gym for months? Start up a new routine with exercises you’ve never done before.

ds_Dr_Kawashima_3D-head2) Learn something new everyday

This might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better it’s performance will be. Find a new hobby that is challenging and work towards getting better at it everyday, or pick up a book about a subject that you’re unfamiliar with. Learning exposes your brain to a different way of thinking to keep it sharp, not to mention you’ll be a bit cooler with your new-found knowledge and experiences.

3) Get more sleep

Your brain isn’t just fresher after eight full hours of sleep. It also has more learning potential, and performs better than when it’s sleep deprived. How much difference does adequate sleep make? When German researchers at the University of Luebeck gave a group of men and women between the ages of 18 and 32 a series of complex math problems to solve, they found that well-rested individuals were three times more likely to figure out the rule for solving the equations than those who weren’t getting enough sleep.

4) Play more video games

If you don’t already, playing video games is a great way to train your brain, and it’s fun. Depending on the type of video game, it has shown that playing them on a regular basis can increase mental processing, improve memory, and boost ability to learn new motor skills.

Well, that’s pretty much it for this article. I highly recommend you to look into developing your brain as well as your physical body because you know what they say, smart is sexy. Put down those weights and pick up a book once in a while.  See you guys in the next article.

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