Active Brain and Brain Exercise

A brain is called an active brain when it is involved in the activities that fire or stimulates the neurons. Active brain, also called busy brain is a state of brain in which the neurons are firing continuously or are involved in the activities that fire or stimulate neurons. The main key to active brain is that neurons should be stimulated continuously so that they become habituated to stimulation once the necessity arises. It can be achieved through physical exercise or mental exercise. Mental exercise can also be called brain exercise. Based on the mechanism, brain exercise can be classified into two types:

  • Direct: Brain exercise that directly engages the neurons. For example: mental stimulating games, chess, Sudoku.
  • Indirect: Indirect brain exercise involves physical activity that does not directly engage the neurons. For example jogging, running.
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Chess, a good mental exercise

Some games like football, basketball or cricket which requires strategic thinking and planning have direct as well as indirect effects in making the brain active.

Advantages of active brain and brain exercise:

Like we need to do weightlifting regularly if we want to build our triceps and biceps and run regularly to be a sprinter or marathon runner, to be a mental athlete, we need to exercise the brain regularly. Brain exercise has similar effect to our brain as the weightlifting have to our muscles.

Dementia is a collective symptom for the decrease in cognitive capacity. It involves memory loss, poor judgement, challenges in planning or solving problems. Exercising the brain regularly can halt or slow the progress of dementia. It increases the cognitive reserve in the elderly population.

Aging is a physiological process that affects each cell and organ of our body. Every organ tend to slow down with aging and so as our brain and the neurons. The normal brain aging can be further worsened by deposition of deposition of harmful substances leading to brain disease. Memory loss is the most common problem encountered during aging. The problem is neurons are less active or the brain is less active during old age. In a sense, then tend to become lazy and do not fire when needed. These lazy neurons must be activated or we should try to maintain the active neurons. This is possible only through active brain and brain exercise is the key to active brain. If you experience the memory loss, then you need to counteract the memory loss by activating your neurons through memorization of your day-to-day activities at the end of the day. If you make the habit of memorizing, then that will provide your neurons the necessary stimulus to become activated and helps you in halting or stopping memory loss.

Here are some simple tips for making your brain active:

  • Memorizing daily activities at the end of day before sleep.
  • Playing board games like chess, tiger moving.
  • Solving puzzles, crosswords and playing Sudoku.
  • Involving oneself in intellectual activities in society like debate and quiz.
  • Learning new language.
  • Make the habit of reading books.
  • Try to make the habit of critical thinking, multidimensional way of observing things.

There are a lot of ways of making the active brain. The key to the active brain is engaging yourself in the activities that are brain storming. Besides, don’t forget about the diet and exercise. These are equally important for active brain and healthier brain. To sum up, brain exercise is a simple and cost-effective way of achieving brain health. The key to brain exercise is active brain and active body.

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Dementia Prevention and Awareness

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Dementia is a common problem of the elderly population. There are about 40 million cases of dementia today. Alzheimer’s disease comprises more than half of the cases of dementia.This trend just seems to be unstoppable. According to the Alzheimer’s Disease International, it is set to treble worldwide by 2050 causing a global epidemic. Given that there will be a lot of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the health care budget will significantly rise. So, effort must be made to reduce the cost of dementia care by raising the dementia awareness and prevention strategies.

There is no established method for the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But a small change in your diet or lifestyle can mean a lot for preventing dementia. New prevention strategies that are being studied are focused on lifestyle and dietary factors. Micronutrients like folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D and magnesium are thought  to maintain and improve brain health.The results with turmeric and vitamin B are promising. Fish oil, which contains omega-3 fatty acid is also beneficial for the neurons. Similarly exercise has been shown to be effective in preventing amnesia associated with aging. Playing board games like chess, solving puzzles and cross words provides mental stretching to the brain. Experiments have shown these games to be helpful for the prevention of dementia.

Regular exercise, healthy diet and mental stimulation can also be called the three pillars of brain healthy lifestyle. Exercise increases blood circulation and reduces the cholesterol level. Healthy diet provides energy and prevents the formation of harmful chemicals in the brain. Games like Chess and Sudoku gives you the mental stimulation needed for keeping the brain active. And active brain helps in resisting degeneration of brain cells which is responsible for dementia.

For those wanting to know further details about dementia, find it on What is dementia? The signs, symptoms and causes of dementia – Medical News Today.

If you are worried about the recent cognitive decline or fearing that you might have dementia or Alzheimer’s Know the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s disease from Alzheimer’s association.

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