The right brain exercise delivers real improvement in memory, clarity, focus, and mood. Learn about neurobics, brain training, meditation, even knitting! Just as your body benefits from doing a variety of physical exercises — aerobics, strength training, and stretching — your mind benefits from doing various kinds of brain exercises, too. But understanding what kinds of exercise your brain really needs […] Read more »
Mental Stimulation and Your Brain
Mental stimulation is essential for brain health and fitness. However, it must be cognitively challenging to be helpful.
In these articles, you'll learn how the right kind of mental stimulation rejuvenates your brain. This can be life enrichment activities, mainly hobbies and skills, that involve creativity, fun or learning (like music, dancing, second languages, woodworking or travel).
It can also be brain training, an activity that uses technology-based products to systematically exercise the brain. You'll also discover how social interaction and learning how to manage your thoughts contribute to better brain health and fitness.
It’s a well-known phenomenon that many students forget a significant portion of what they learned during their summer break. Teachers call this “summer slump,” “summer slide,” or “summer brain drain.” Some kids are set back as much as three months during their vacation. Studies have repeatedly found that students who fared the best were involved […] Read more »
We’re always on the lookout for ways to make your brain work better and your life run a little smoother — and for tips to increase attention span, focus and concentration. Today we’ve got a special treat from Chris Bailey, who not only “talks the talk “about living productively, but “walks the walk.” After graduating from college, he […] Read more »
Are you planning to take a vacation this summer? I hope so! Taking the right kind of vacation is one of the best things you can do for your brain. Whether you have a stressful life and need a break to relax, or you’re in a rut and could use some mental stimulation, taking a […] Read more »
The brain thrives on mental stimulation, which can be accomplished in a number of ways. Online brain training programs have become very popular. In 2013, over $1 billion will be spent on them, making this an exploding industry. If you’re considering starting a brain training program, how do you know which one is right for […] Read more »
If you find your memory isn’t what it used to be, take heart! There are many memory improvement tips available to compensate for a less than perfect memory. In this post, I’m going to share some common sense, practical memory tips you can use to make your everyday life easier. Rather than showing you ways […] Read more »
My very first guest on the Be Brain Fit Show is a gem. She’s Dr. Sarah McKay, a Kiwi (that’s a New Zealander) neuroscientist with a PhD from Oxford University. Sarah spent five years conducting neuroscience research before deciding to follow her bliss of writing about science — rather than doing it. Now, she combines […] Read more »
Albert Einstein famously said, “Once you stop learning, you start dying.” This sentiment can also apply to your brain. When you stop learning, some parts of your brain start to atrophy while unused neural connections wither away. Fortunately, this is the greatest time in history to keep up with lifelong learning. The internet has made […] Read more »
Perfection has been said to be the enemy of success. If you’ve ever felt stressed out trying to embrace the perfect healthy lifestyle, here is some wisdom of how doing less can be more. Frederic Patenaude, a prolific and popular blogger at Renegade Health, explores how the famous 80-20 Rule applies to health. […] Read more »
As our website and outreach has grown we’ve connected with some fascinating people who are as passionate about brain health as we are. From time to time we’ll be sharing their expertise. Today’s guest post is from Sarah McKay PhD, a neuroscientist, a professional medical writer, and the creator of an informative new blog, Your Brain […] Read more »