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Active Mind, Youthful Body

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“Many people wonder if specific brain training exercises are really necessary. After all, it seems that life would present enough continuous challenges that require the brain to process constant stimuli and plan many activities, some of them quite complex, to keep the brain active. At one time, this was the same argument used against the need for physical exercise.”- says Shlomo Breznitz.

Health professionals eventually realized that daily activities in ordinary life are not enough to maintain physical fitness and that the best way to maintain a healthy body was through dedicated workouts. The same is true for Cognitive fitness.

One of the challenges is that when the brain develops ingrained habits, it doesn’t need to think anymore. Things get done quickly and efficiently on automatic pilot, often in a very advantageous way. This way it creates a tendency to stick to routines or it employs well-used nerve pathways. If there are several ways to solve a problem, the brain chooses the easiest way instead of exploring a new approach that may be more difficult. Although this is aimed at making life easier, this process is bad news for long-term cognitive health. Performing a routine act means that very little thought is required for these activities.

Therefore, the only way of breaking these is to confront the brain with new information. Presented with new information, the brain creates new connections and is revitalized. That is why it is so important to expose yourself to change, even if stepping outside your comfort zone means feeling a bit of anxiety.

According to Collins Hemingway and Shlomo Breznitz in their book Maximum Brainpower: Challenging the brain for health and wisdom, mental training is beneficial on many levels. With the right tools, we can all maximize our brainpower and keep our minds sharp, healthy, and cognitively fit throughout life.

What do you do for brain exercise? Share your take in the comments below.

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Prerna Dhulekar



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