People don’t loose just muscles over time, but it’s over brain that degenerates too. More specifically, our brain’s cognitive reserve ( it’s ability to withstand neurological damage due to ageing and other factors without showing notable signs and symptoms of slowing or memory loss) reduces through the passing time. This makes it more tough to perform mental tasks. And as workouts add muscles to your body and help you retain fitness, following a brain-healthy lifestyle and performing regular targeted mental exercises can increase your brain’s ability to regenerate itself.

It’s important that you give your brain it’s own workout routine. So here are some easy tricks and techniques which can increase your mental health and make you smarter :

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Research has shown that using the opposite side of your brain (as in this exercise) can result in a rapid and substantial expansion of in the parts of the cortex that control and process tactile information from the hand. Brain exercise: Brush, and don’t forget to open the tube and apply toothpaste in reverse, too.

Not only just brushing your teeth, but performing old skills with your opposite hand do a great job.

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Research suggests that balling up your right hand and squeezing it tightly actually makes it easier to remember things. Later, when you want to retrieve the information, clench the left fist. Researchers think these movements activate brain regions, key to the storing and recall of memories.

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Brain imaging studies show that novel tasks exercise large areas of the cortex, indicating increased levels of brain activity in several distinct areas. This activity declines when the task becomes routine and automatic. Brain exercise: Get dressed after breakfast, walk the dog on a new route, or change your TV or news station.

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Because our brains regularly rely on visual cues to distinguish between objects, using touch to identify subtly different things increases activation in cortical areas that process tactile information and leads to stronger synapses. (Similarly, adults who lose their sight learn to distinguish Braille letters because their brain devotes more pathways to processing fine touch.) Brain exercise: Place a cup full of coins in your car’s drink holder. While at a stoplight, try to determine the denominations by feel alone. You can also put coins in your pocket, and identify them when you stop at a corner.

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Cooking a new dish is always wonderful, but cooking from memory is even more impressive. Brand new recipes enhance problem-solving techniques and memorizing them improves brain function. Cooking uses a number of senses: smell, touch, sight, and taste, which all involve different parts of the brain.

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The listening and hearing involved stimulates the brain. What’s more, a rich vocabulary has been linked to a reduced risk for cognitive decline. Memorizing a new way of speaking increases your vocabulary and also your problem solving skills. If you put together a sentence incorrectly, you may be conveying a thought that baffles your partner. Continuing to learn the language will mentally improve your brain fitness.

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A GPS is a great way to get where you’re going easily. However, using a map or even Google Maps before you start your trip can help improve memorization. Mentally navigate your way to your destination and exercise your cognitive health while thinking.

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After returning home from visiting a new place, try to draw a map of the area; repeat this exercise each time you visit a new location.

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Art activates the nonverbal and emotional parts of the cerebral cortex. When you create art, you draw on parts of your brain interested in forms, colors, and textures, as well as thought processes very different from the logical, linear thinking that occupies most of your day.

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Half a glass of wine a day improves cognitive ability and memory, say researchers from Oxford University.

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While you might not perceive it this way, having a conversation takes a bit of strategy and mental acuity. It also helps maintain your social life too.

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Riddles require a tremendous amount of out of the box problem solving. It promotes creativity and keeps your mind sharp in a fun (if not a little frustrating) way.

Feel free to share these ideas with your family and friends and drop any other related ways or tricks if you know which works well.

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