Physical and mental exercise are both beneficial to your brain’s health. Most people, on the other hand, do not engage in such activities, and we spend the majority of our days in front of the television.
Regular aerobic exercise increases the growth of the hippocampus, which is the area of your brain associated with memory and learning, according to a study done by a group of researchers at the University of British Columbia. Physical exercise lowers inflammation, improves insulin resistance, and increases BDNF production. To put it another way, exercise boosts your brainpower.
Exercise of the brain is just as vital as physical activity. It helps to reduce age-related cognitive decline and has the following advantages:
- Overall cognitive capacity has improved (I.Q.)
- Short-term (working) memory is improved.
- Improved concentration
- Reduction in emotional reactivity
- Processing speed has increased (the transferal of sensory information to actionable intelligence)
Riddles help to enhance mental fitness.
Our brain, according to Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., co-inventor of the cochlear implant and author of Softwired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life, is a work in progress that begins the day we are born and ends the day we die.
To strengthen your mind, try the following riddles:
- Locate the mitsake (Look carefully)
2. Locate the missing number in the three grids.
3. Using the letters from the word “riddle” plus one additional letter of your choice, how many words can you make?
For instance, the word “drilled” is made up of the same letters as “riddle” plus one “l.”
4. Find the missing number from this series:
2, 4, 16, …
5. Unscramble the letters to reveal the surname of a popular artisan.
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- The blunder is in the term “mistake.” Have you noticed how it’s spelled “mitsake”?
- It is number four. Multiply the number of horizontal and vertical lines in the grid by the number of horizontal and vertical lines in the grid. 2*2=4, 3*3=9, and 1*1=1.
- There is no such thing as a “correct” response. There are 13 possible terms, according to an unofficial count: bridled, griddle, diddler, middler, piddler, dreidel, riddled, drilled, riddler, riddles, fiddler, tiddler, girdled.
- It’s 256, which is the square root of 16.
- Rembrandt, Picasso, Monet, Michelangelo, and Raphael are the correct answers!
Tips on how to improve your mental fitness
Don’t forget to keep your intellect stimulated every day. You’ll be sharper, wiser, and healthier as a result of this.
Here are some suggestions from Harvard University experts:
- Eat properly, get enough of sleep, don’t smoke, and keep your alcohol intake to a minimum. Spend quality time with your family and friends.
- Once a year, have a physical examination.
- Learn. Every day, learn something new and broaden your horizons.
- It is critical to think positively. Be cheerful and upbeat.
- Repeat. If you need to go to the store, constantly reminding yourself of what you want to get.
- Delegate. Use planners, calendars, folders, and other organizational tools to keep track of your belongings.