Whether it be in the gym, at the park, on the court or in the pool we spend (or aim to spend) hours training our bodies. We can work on abs, arms, legs and even our booties in the hope that one day, they’ll rival JLo’s. Despite our very good intentions however, there’s one important part of our bod’ that we constantly forget to train; our brains. Relying on your brain’s neuroplasticity that is, it’s ability to change, brain training can improve attention span, intelligence and even problem-solving skills. Now that’s a muscle I want to flex! With that being said, here are 6 simple ways for you to boost your brain power:
Ban the balancing act!
1. Limit multitasking
You’d think that multitasking would be good for your brain, right? WRONG! People who multitask actually reduce their attention span, have difficulty changing tasks and are often unable to recall information. In this way, people who perform tasks one at a time are more competent and efficient – who would have thought?!
Your health is your wealth
2. Eat healthy
Did you realise that nutrition directly affects your brain function? To borrow a metaphor from Dr Eva Selhub:
“Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells.
Unfortunately, just like an expensive car, your brain can be damaged if you ingest anything other than premium fuel.”
It’s true what they say, you are what you eat!
Knowledge is power
3. Learn something new and exercise your brain
Just like a physical work out, learning something new stimulates and exercises your brain by creating new neural pathways. This allows your brain to develop and grow, increasing your intelligence and providing you with a new or novel experience. Novel experiences tend to give you a rush of dopamine the ‘happy’ or ‘reward’ chemical which can increase your motivation and boost your mood. If you’re looking to try something new, why not take up a new hobby such as paddle boarding or hiking? You could also expand your academic horizons and enrol in a course. Upskilled is an online education provider which is perfect for busy individuals like myself who don’t have the time to study full time on campus. With over 90 Nationally Recognised Qualifications across most disciplines, you can learn a wide range of new skills at your own pace! The courses I’m super interested in are the Natural Therapy Courses which cover everything from Naturopathy to Nutritional Medicine. Between the bubba and the blog, studying online would be the only way I could do it!
Catch some Zzzzz
4. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep
As if you needed another excuse to spend more time in bed! During your sleep cycle, your body regenerates your brain cells so it’s very important to go to bed early and enjoy the benefits of that REM sleep!
Move it or lose it!
5. Exercise regularly
Not only does exercise give you that fabulous endorphin rush, it also helps to improve your memory, reduce inflammation and encourage the growth of new brain cells. Now that’s what I call a bonus!
Train your brain
6. Try problem-solving activities
When was the last time you did a Sudoku puzzle or crossword? These activities stimulate your brain and improve your memory. They also allow you to engage in critical thinking and problem solving- how good is that?!
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