Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Exercise brain cells | Work your brain

We use our brains everyday for basic survival. But there are millions of brain cells that are unused and could do with some exercise. Solving a crossword puzzle, reading a book can help those cells get jogged. Studies show that using the brain increases the number of dendritic branches that interconnect brain cells. The more we think, the better it is for our brain.
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Challenge your brain with not only cerebral activities but also with fun activities such as learning to paint, play music, juggle. Even using your other hand helps develop hand-brain coordination.

Imagination also helps. Research has shown that simply thinking about moving a muscle can strengthen it. In a study conducted at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 30 adults imagined using the muscle of their little finger or elbow for 12 weeks for five minutes a day, five days a week. They were asked to think about moving the muscle as strongly as they could. At the end of the study, the group that thought of moving their muscle improved muscle strength by 35% while a control group that did not imagine doing exercises only increased 13%.

Brain scans taken after the study showed more greater and more focused activity in the prefrontal lobes which were attributed to improvements in the brain's ability to signal the muscle.

Even older people gain benefits by exercising their brain cells. Studies show that older brains may have an advantage as highly developed neurons respond better to mental enrichment than less mature brains.

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