While you may be exercising your body and controlling your diet to achieve desired fitness levels, you may be ignoring the health of your brain that may be under threat in these stressful times. Here are a few exercises that help you keep your brain healthy:
1. Deep breathing to calm down your brain
Stress can affect your brain functioning and affect your thinking abilities. It also causes a lot of wear and tears to this mass. A calm brain is able to carry out all its functions including healing of the body in an optimal way. In computer terms brain is the central processing unit of your body. If it is tired or over worked, your performance is going to be below par. Deep breathing exercises can help you calm down your nerves and allow your brain to function smoothly.
You may choose to practice diaphragm deep breathing or breathing through one nostril at a time. There are many variations of such deep breathing exercises that are known to have multiple health benefits apart from clearing and calming the mind.
A calm brain also helps you better access to your subconscious mind and hence helps you during self introspection and memory retrieval. Deep breathing before starting any creative activity is also a good idea to get enhanced performance.
2. Aerobic exercise to bring out more oxygen to the brainBrain needs oxygen supply to function effectively. Aerobic exercises provide a fresh dash of oxygen to the brain helping it carry out it functions including memory storage and retrieval, better response to stimuli and better focus. Have you felt more active and alert after finishing an exercise session? This is because more oxygen supply to your brain helps activate its neurons and helps in better cell functioning.
3. Sports help build your motor and cognitive abilities
If you do not use your brain, it may become useless and some brain cells may start decaying. Hence the more you use or train your brain; more you enhance its performance. Sports not only bring more oxygen to the brain but the use of brain for its both cognitive as well as motor ability helps keep the brain healthy. For example during a sport like badminton, your motor abilities are put to use when you need to respond to a quick strike from the opponent. Also you cognitive abilities are put to use when you need to skilfully tire the opponent before you secure your winning shot.Apart from the above exercises it’s important to take actions to reduce stress to improve the functioning of the brain. This can be done using yoga or meditation. Also alcohol, smoking and colas should be avoided to improve the functioning of this prized organ. The brain is working for you all the time, its important for you to do your bit to take care of the health of this vital organ!