Cognitive Exercises

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Like the rest of the body, the brain also requires exercise to keep it in good condition. Aging is linked to an increased risk of developing brain diseases. Regular cognitive exercises can protect the brain from damage, such as memory loss.

Variety is one consideration to keep in mind, though. Just as you would move to a higher difficulty level when a game becomes too easy, you'll also need to challenge your brain and level up your activities. You don't have to spend hours each day doing this.

A few minutes a day or a few hours per week should be enough to help the brain stay sharp for longer. Here are examples of cognitive exercises to include in your daily or weekly routine.

  1. Play games. Boost your brainpower by spending some time playing games or solving puzzles. These games require cognitive functions and improve speed and memory. Crossword puzzles, for example, stimulate the brain and slow down memory decline. Solving jigsaw puzzles is also beneficial as it allows you to exercise perception, reasoning, and memory

  2. Read books. This is good news for bookworms. Reading is a great cognitive exercise because it introduces the brain to various topics and information. You give your brain opportunities to imagine and visualize. You pick up interesting data or stories that you'll want to share with others. You also learn new things, such as unfamiliar words or trivia from different cultures. If you're all about expanding your vocabulary range, you can practice writing down a new work, searching for its meaning, and using it in a sentence.

  3. Test your recall abilities. Stimulate your brain every now and then with simple memory exercises. Create a list, such as things to do or stuff to buy at the grocery store. Then, after an hour, check how many items on your list you can recall. You may also try memory games to test your short-term memory. It's a fun way to keep the brain active and also offers plenty of opportunities to bond with your loved ones.

  4. Practice your hand-eye coordination. Just because they're cognitive exercises does not mean you'll only use your mind or brain; involving the body is also part of the process. Refining your motor skills can enhance your hand-eye coordination and help your brain perform better. That's why regular exercise, engaging in sports, or practicing new hobbies are often recommended by healthcare professionals. No matter your age or profession, take the time to stay active or get moving. Draw, paint, knit, play the guitar, dance, bike, or run. Engage areas of the brain involved in performing these activities.

  5. Meditate. Meditation can help you calm your mind and body and reduce stress. It involves focusing or dedicating your full attention in a controlled manner, which also helps enhance your brain's processing power. One advantage of meditation is that it doesn't require fancy tools or equipment. Find a quiet spot and spend at least a few minutes relaxing. Come out of each session with renewed peace of mind and improved brain power.

Cognitive exercises don’t have to be costly, nor do they require special preparation. Dedicate a few minutes of your day to it, or squeeze them in during work breaks. Boost your memory, focus, and mental strength, regardless of age.

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