Exercise has become a very popular activity for teens and adults alike. One could argue that with a combination of dieting, working out and not smoking we could be the healthiest of any generation yet. However, while physical exercise is necessary for living a healthy and happy life many people forget that the most important muscle in the body also needs training: the brain.
People forget that you are actively training your brain long after the last test is taken in school or you have achieved a degree from a university. Unfortunately many people stop challenging their minds after school and rather than train their brains with mental games, reading and memory tests most choose the passive entertainment of television or video games.
When you neglect to train your brain you let laziness take control and when that happens you may start to experience memory loss, both short and long term, difficulty concentrating and the inability to think logically and clearly. Think of your brain as you would any other part of your body, if you don’t exercise your legs and lungs and then try to run 10 miles you’ll be in for shock as you quickly lose your breath and have to stop from leg cramps and joint pain.
Your brain is no different and if it is not actively trained and kept in an alert state then it will start to break down on you. At first the effects are minimal and not cause for panic but over time many people become frustrated by their lack of memory and start to feel “dumb” when they can no longer solve problems as easy as they use to.
Brain games are one way of keeping the mind razor sharp and in top shape to deal with everyday problems at work and home. There are many types of brain games that can help you retain memory, improve cognitive ability and sharpen focus including puzzles, riddles, math games, strategy games and trivia games. Many traditional games are used to train different functions of the brain including checkers, chess, crossword puzzles and memory card matching games.
In many ways the brain is a collection of skills that we learn over time. However these skills are not just downloaded and saved for future use. We have to actively challenge and train these skills so that our thinking, memory and problem solving abilities are always at peak performance. Brain games, including puzzles, chess, riddles and math problems all help to stimulate the brain and force us to think harder so that our minds can develop and grow. When you stop challenging your brain you stagnate at whatever level you are at and then you will actually start to digress with more neglect. Using clever brain games to keep your mind sharp will improve your brain’s ability to function and will help you think more clearly.