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Improving your brainpower

Improving your brainpower
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Just like the rest of the body, the brain needs exercise to remain on top form. If you find you repeat the same familiar tasks all the time, from a job you’ve been doing for a while to a routine of housework and chilling in front of the television, it might be time to get that brain back into action. Here are some of our favourite tips for increasing your brainpower.

Learn something new

Throughout our youth our brains are kept active learning new things through schoolwork and new life experiences. However, when we grow up this often takes a back seat as we settle into adult life and become more familiar with our own lifestyles. Learning new skills is a fun and effective way to get the old grey matter active again. Whether you fancy learning how to make your own clothes, mastering a musical instrument or taking a night class in a topic that interests you, learning a new skill is a great way of boosting your brainpower.

Rest

It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep helps your brain function better. How many new parents struggle with everyday tasks through sleep deprivation? A solid eight hours sleep every night helps learning, memory and concentration. Try to get into a healthy sleeping pattern by going to bed and getting up at the same time every day – even at weekends.

Sex

While we’re talking about getting between the sheets, you should know that regular sex can also help keep your brain active. Studies have shown that having sex improves levels of serotonin in the brain, which affects decision-making and creative thought as well as the hormone oxytocin, which boosts problem-solving skills.

Brain exercises

One of the most obvious ways to get your noggin working is to complete brain training exercises. These might include specialist computer games, Scrabble or Sudoku. However, it’s important to mix these up a little. If you stick to doing crosswords all the time then your brain will start to find them less taxing so find a variety of puzzles that keep you entertained and train your brain in the process.

Physical exercise

Improving your brainpowerAs if you need another reason to work out, being physically active can help boost the power of your mind. Physical exercise boosts brain cells and encourages them to learn and retain information. It also focuses your mind on the task you’re performing, improving motor control, motivation and goal direction. Research suggests that teenagers with good cardiovascular fitness tend to do better in school than those without.

Drink wine

Okay, so drinking lots of wine isn’t such a good idea as alcohol destroys brain cells. However, enjoying a glass in moderation – around one glass per day for women or two a day for men – can actually help cognitive ability. Red wine is thought to be better than white as it contains more resveratrol, which is thought to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. If you’d rather veer away from the alcohol, other drinks high in resveratrol include cranberry juice and grape juice.

 

 

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About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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