Brain exercises

Discussion in 'Casual Chat' started by eclair, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. eclair

    eclair New Member

    I was reading about things people could do to get smarter here http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,1723801,00.html

    I decided to take on the challenge by playing Sokoban more often - I am really not good when it comes to matters relating to spaces.

    I have also decided to continue my quest to write poetry so I could play with words.

    What do you do for brain exercises?

    - Clair
     
  2. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    Quoting: eclairWhat do you do for brain exercises?

    Meditate. I think we already use our brain too much, thinking of trivial things if not for constructive activities. What we all need is some exercises to slow down our brain than stimulate it. Without sufficient rest any organ will wither and brain is no different.
     
  3. agoodsaid

    agoodsaid New Member

    Read ... read and read some more [​IMG]

    Andrea
     
  4. marshamaung

    marshamaung New Member

    yoga's good. and i normally go for a run or go to gym for a bit. usually jogs up the mind a little. sometimes we run out of ideas because we're too tired. with a little bit of adrenalin in the blood, some things becomes clearer.

    and sometimes i just go tickle my kids a little. [​IMG]
     
  5. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Quoting: eclairWhat do you do for brain exercises?

    Great question, and already the reponses are insightful. Clair, Andrea and Marsha actively engage in activities to stimulate the brain, while Vishal takes the opposite approach and relaxes the brain through meditation.

    In my opinion both methods have merit. Together they represent the push and pull, ebb and flow, or ying and yang that contribute to balancing our lives.

    The brain is already performing super human functions regulating every aspect of our unconscious existence, monitoring our body functions and so on. It's also the organ we can command to shape us into improving ourselves on every level.

    I like to read, play the piano and meditate. Every now and then I would perform a routine activity in a different way. For example: I'm right-handed, but from time to time I would use my left hand to drink a cup of tea or slice a loaf of bread.

    I don't know if any of this makes me smarter, but it does enhance my perspective.

    Hermas
     
  6. WhitePhoenix

    WhitePhoenix New Member

    Hermas, you are so philosophical! I wish I had your energy! By the end of the day, the most challenging brain exercize I engage in to relax is to get through my Majonng tournament in under 32 minutes. That's about all I can handle.

    If I want stimulation, I'll put in the most intense action movie I can find in my video cabinet.

    Not very philosophical, but hey, whatever works, right?
     
  7. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    Quoting: A8chI'm right-handed, but from time to time I would use my left hand to drink a cup of tea or slice a loaf of bread.

    That's an excellent way to exercise both sides of your brain. The left brain, which controls the right side of our body, represents the logical brain. The right brain, which controls the left side of our body, represents the creative brain and is far more superior in intelligence to the left brain.

    For example, take the computer for an instance. The computer is purely a logical instrument. Without the person operating it (right brain), it cannot function. No matter how advanced it is, it cannot operate by itself.

    Most of us are predominantly right-sided, thereby inhibiting our creative side or the more intelligent side. Therefore you'll see that left-sided people are more creative than right-sided individuals.

    Apart from the technique Hermas suggested, there is another breathing technique called Alternate Nostril Breathing to balance both sides of our brain.
     
  8. eclair

    eclair New Member

    Quoting: Vishal P. RaoWithout sufficient rest any organ will wither and brain is no different.

    That is true too [​IMG] Again, balance is key. Thanks for the reminder. And the link you gave to Alternate Nostril Breathing is interesting too.

    Quoting: A8chI like to read, play the piano and meditate. Every now and then I would perform a routine activity in a different way. For example: I'm right-handed, but from time to time I would use my left hand to drink a cup of tea or slice a loaf of bread.

    I don't know if any of this makes me smarter, but it does enhance my perspective.

    Hermas: For me, right now, different perspectives are important to see. I know that I am still limited because I mainly interact with people who are my age (more or less) and do similar things. For example, I want to try writing with my lefthand just to get used to it and at the same time find out what one of my classmates in high school felt when he was injured and had to learn writing with the other hand.
     
  9. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Quoting: eclairI want to try writing with my left hand just to get used to it and at the same time find out what one of my classmates in high school felt when he was injured and had to learn writing with the other hand.

    Hi Clair,

    It's interesting that you should pick that particular activity to pursue. When I was a teenager in high school I broke the radius and ulna on my right hand and wore a cast for a couple of weeks.

    In the interim I learned how to write with my left hand and my penmanship was pretty good too!

    It's proof that with the correct mental focus and incentive, we can achieve just about anything we desire, so long as we are willing to make the effort.

    Hermas
     
  10. eclair

    eclair New Member

    Hermas:
    Quoting: A8ch
    It's proof that with the correct mental focus and incentive, we can achieve just about anything we desire, so long as we are willing to make the effort.

    That is true. I wonder how my penmanship will be...

    So you practiced every single day? How hard was it to keep up with all the homework and exams?
     
  11. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    In the beginning I was slow and deliberate, and it was difficult to keep up with the teachers when they would dictate notes for the class to record verbatim. But after the first week it was magical to witness the interplay between the brain and the body.

    I'd hear a word or phrase, the brain would recognize its shape and the muscles in my fingers would instinctively know what actions to execute in order to form those words on paper.

    Perhaps it helped that I had been a piano student back then and was used to performing intricate musical patterns with my left hand anyway.

    Hermas
     
  12. Kelly66

    Kelly66 New Member

    Clair
    Have a look at the Tony Buzan memory book. I can definitely recommend it. I've learned a lot about remembering lists and often go out with a long list in my head and no written list. Certainly stretches your memory. Also professor Winson ran a great program on the BBC about Omega oil and how it lubricrates the brain cells.

    It is certainly important to keep our brains active - because as they say, if you don't use it, you lose it.

    On that happy note - I off to -------- Oh! I forgot ...
    Kelly
     
  13. fixaprob

    fixaprob New Member

    When we are young the world seems filled with curious wonders, delightful discoveries, and daunting challenges. Our brains are taking in countless bits of information and we are developing lifetime skills. This burst of learning is like the brain Olympics of our human journey. Yet unlike the Olympic athletes who have a limited time to demonstrate their peak performance, the human brain can continue to grow and improve with exercise.

    Here you will find a variety of suggestions and research that can help keep you mentally fit.
     
  14. ninnato

    ninnato New Member

    Vishal P. Rao: Meditate. I think we already use our brain too much
    Me too, I think we need to slow down sometimes.
    I very often forget things ??“ all kinds ??“ and that is no good!
    So I go swimming at least two times a week ??“ my way of meditating ??“ and that makes me feel so good.
    You should try [​IMG]
     
  15. trina335

    trina335 New Member

    I love working out to clear my mind, it is like my meditation! Also I use reading to keep learning...
     
  16. katereber

    katereber New Member

    agoodsaid: Read ... read and read some more
    I do that also.. It is my way to exercise my brain..
    For me reading more can keep your brain sharp..
     

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