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Brain Exercises for Better Thinking Skills

There are trillions of neurons, cells and various pathways in our brain and if all these functions well then you will certainly experience better thinking skills. It is very important that you perform some brain exercise that will help you to keep your mental health fit in the same way as your body gets benefited from several physical exercises. It was believed that as a person ages the brain becomes incapable of retaining new information. However, in the recent past, it was discovered that the brain has the ability to adapt well to all the changes and new information as well even when a person ages which is known as neuroplasticity.

Brain Exercise for Better Thinking Skills

Scientists have discovered that the human brain has five cognitive functions such as memory, language, attention, visual-spatial skills and executive function. Thus, it is very essential to perform some exercise and play some kind of puzzles games that can keep the brain mentally sharp even when a person ages.

The following are some brain exercises and games that are very beneficial for keeping our brain healthy and improve better thinking skills:

  • Reacquainting the Mind with a Ball for Better Thinking Skills: This is an exercise in which you have to practice in throwing a ball up in the air and catching it. It is found that this type of exercise plays a great role in enhancing the brain’s visual as well as eye-hand coordination. This also helps in stimulating tactile responses with all positive effect of the brain.
  • Breaking Down The Long Items Into Many Smaller Pieces as a Brain Exercise for Better Thinking Skills: This is a type of jigsaw puzzles in which you have to break up a complicated piece of information into a small section and remember the small portion. For example, you can break up a phone number and try to remember that even at a glance.
  • Exercises on Maintaining Balance for Better Thinking Skills: It has been found that there is a connection between toning the muscles and toning brain. So you should try to perform some exercise that can add a balance and coordination challenge for the standard strength movement. So, with balancing arm arise you can hold dumbbells at your side keeping your palms back. Then you should try to lift your right knee at a height equal to your hip while raising the left arm up. Keep your elbow straight until it is overhead. After that, you have to lower the knee and repeat the process with the left side.
  • Tossing a Ball While Walking as a Brain Exercise for Better Thinking Skills: Another essential exercise that has the ability to increase your focus, attention and thinking skills is to bounce, throw or pass a ball while alternating your hands. If you do it for 10 minutes daily while walking it will enhance your attention power dramatically. This is a very simple exercise that can be implemented at any place and at any time.


Brain exercise helps you in keeping your stresses low, enhancing the memory power, keeping a positive mood, increasing focus and concentration, boosting motivation and productivity, enhancing fluid intelligence, providing greater self-confidence, increasing creativity and mental flexibility, having sharper vision and hearing. Thus, it is very essential that you perform the above mentioned brain exercises and play games regularly to support cognitive and mental health and improve your thinking skills.


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  3. Lövdén, M., Bäckman, L., Lindenberger, U., Schaefer, S., & Schmiedek, F. (2010). A theoretical framework for the study of adult cognitive plasticity. Psychological Bulletin, 136(4), 659-676. doi:10.1037/a0020080
  4. Mowszowski, L., Batchelor, J., Naismith, S. L., & Brodaty, H. (2010). Memory training in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A randomised controlled trial. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 20(3), 306-322. doi:10.1080/09602010903474554
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Last Modified On:August 5, 2023

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