You may have heard it several times before that the human brain is the most complex and powerful structure in the universe. There’s no doubt in this digital era that our brain is faster and more superior than a super computer. But in this post, let’s have a closer look on some key characteristics of this little gem in our head and learn how to train and maintain its super power.
The adult human brain weighs about 3 pounds and is composed of 40% grey matter and 60% white matter. It has almost 100 billion neurons connected together, forming immense neural networks which allow different brain regions to communicate and information to be effectively processed.
Our brain grows at a higher rate during childhood and continues growing until age around 25 or more. However, research suggests that if the brain is constantly mentally stimulated, new neurons will continue to develop throughout our life.
Based on scientific information, the brain is the fattiest organ in the human body. The idea that our brain is a muscle is obviously just a metaphor. It illustrates the brain’s potential to be trained and maintained like a muscle. Training muscles through physical exercise keeps our body fit. The same goes with training our brain.
Even though the brain is more complex than the body’s muscles, brain exercise is similar to body exercise in several ways. Our body responds to physical stimulation, resulting in healthier muscles. Our brain also responds to similar mental stimulation, resulting in better overall cognitive functions.
Training muscles through physical exercise keeps our body fit. The same goes with training our brain.
Benefits of Brain stimulation
Different brain regions are activated when we memorise new information and when we solve difficult problems. For reasoning skills, several brain regions are simultaneously at work. The more and stronger the connections, the better the information is processed. In consequence, we think faster and more effectively.
What’s more, the better our memory and reasoning skills, the easier our learning becomes. The more we train different regions of the brain, the better they perform as we grow up and the slower they decline as we get older.
What brain stimulation do I need?
Brain stimulation shouldn’t be reserved for only special occasions.
Challenging ourselves in everyday life is crucial to the brain’s performance. Research shows that there are numerous activities, digital and non-digital based, that provide neurological benefits. If you’re looking for something off-screen to enjoy as a long-term hobby, the following might be well worth considering:
- learning a new language
- learning a musical instrument
- learning a new skill or sport
- taking new routes back home
- exploring new areas
- joining a reading club
- researching about your favourite topics or celebrities
- tackling daily puzzles
Of course, the top two activities on the list are highly recommended by many experts. I personally enjoy them all whereas tackling puzzles is my favourite hobby.
Your brain is an amazing machine and it needs special treatment with utmost care.DeepGamma
All in all, your brain is an amazing machine and it needs special treatment with utmost care. As long as the brain stimulation activities are considered motivating, challenging to your current learning level and outside your comfort zone, they will benefit you in the long run.
Last but not least, in order to achieve the best results, it’s also essential to get your daily habits and nutrition right. Exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Both your body’s muscles and brain’s ‘muscles’ will thank you.
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