Thursday, 6 December 2007

Keep Your Brain Fit

The human brain is a fantastic organ and its importance cannot be overstated. Like all other organ in our body it must be kept fit. The human brain follows a very simple rule of fitness. Use or lose it. Researchers studying the human brain say that the brain can be kept fit even at a very old age. Studies have also shown that an active brain can prevent mental disease such as Alzheimer's. The importance of a fit brain cannot be overstated and listed below are several steps you can take to keep your brain stimulated.

1. Learn a new task. Learning new things keeps the brain engaged. It helps to grow new connections in the neural network. Examples include a new language, a new software program or yoga. You can also start a new hobby.

2. Travel. Traveling is a very good way to keep the brain stimulated. The early human race led a nomadic lifestyle and this provided a plethora of stimulation. Our ancestors had to keep upgrading their tools and survival skills constantly to new environments.

3. Neurobics. Created by Lawrence C. Katz, Ph.D, a professor of neurobiology and co-author of the popular book Keep Your Brain Alive - 83 Memory Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness. Neurobics are simple and fun brain exercises. Some exercises you can include in your daily life are:
a. Get dressed with your eyes closed
b. Wash your hair with your eyes closed
c. Share a meal and use only visual cues to communicate
d. Eat with your opposite hand
e. Go to work in a new route

4. Read. Reading is to the brain like what a gym workout is to the body. Crossword puzzle also gives the brain a good workout

5. Exercise. A sedentary lifestyle is not only bad for the body but also the brain. A large number of studies have shown that aerobic exercises such as walking, jogging and cycling, benefits the brain in the short and the long term.


Aniz said...

Err, wouldn't it be socially wrong to eat with your opposite hand when you have been programmed for years upon time to always eat with your right hand?

I am not trying to be funny, your post is really good to read but I am just asking this because I want to know.

Abdul Majid Mohd Gani said...

Aniz, sorry for the late answer, I've been busy. Anyway to answer you, eating with the left hand as you well know is not acceptable in our Asian culture- you can be polite and avoid doing that or go ahead and try eating with your left hand and announce to everyone on the table that you are practising neurobics.