"Should I Use A Brain Training System, Do Crosswords, or Learn to Play Cards?"

September 1, 2009 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

image When people start looking into brain exercises, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all of the studies and conflicting research claims.  Many people wind up  confused, and asking  “Which activity is best for the brain? Which one should I choose?”

The answer?
Any of them, or ALL of them!

There’s an idea floating around that people should choose just one form of brain exercise to focus on. If that were true, being sure you’re choosing the “best” option would be important.  But brain exercises aren’t like medicines and pills.  They won’t conflict with each other,  cancel each other out, or cause negative side effects if combined,  so there’s no reason to choose one form over another.  In fact,  the more variety and change you introduce into your mental exercise routines, the better.

  • Crosswords are good for the brain… they help to build and maintain verbal skills, spatial orientation, and more.
  • Card games help with memory, mathematical skills, and involve an additional social element.
  • Brain training programs (like the system marketed by this blog’s sponsor, Dakim) are designed to strengthen a wide variety of skills, while automatically introducing  variety and increasing levels of difficulty.
  • There are a wealth of other activities, games and exercises that will help keep your brain challenged, aid in building and maintaining a cognitive reserve, from studying a foreign language, to learning a new dance style, to playing suduko.

Effective brain exercise  should present you with a variety of challenges, increasing difficulty levels, and introduce new and novel elements often (in other words, the routine shouldn’t become routine).   Quality brain training systems are designed to do those things automatically, and to adjust to your progress.   For that reason, they make an excellent core approach to keeping your mind exercised, but adding other activities may provide even more of a benefit – especially activities that add a physical or social element. Alternating different activities may even turn out to be the most effective way to keep the brain healthy – there’s so much we still don’t know.

So as you’re learning about brain fitness, don’t restrict yourself to one option – mix it up with a variety of different activities, and you’ll gain even more of a benefit than if you choose only one.

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A healthy mind and brain is key to a healthy, active life. Come along for the ride as we explore the basics of brain health, with topics including:
  • Physical Exercise
  • Cognitive Training
  • Stress Management
  • Social Interaction
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • A Sense of Purpose & Connection
Authored by Tori Deaux
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