It is estimated that, approximately, our brain contains around 100,000 million neurons, which establish among them -in turn- billions of connections. It is, therefore, a highly advanced "tool" that, among other important functions, is responsible for regulating and controlling most of the functions not only of our body, but of our own mind. For this reason, maintaining good brain health is essential, trying to exercise and train it every day.
Thanks to what is medically known as Neuronal plasticity and to the brain's own ability to reinforce old connections and establish new ones, it is possible to improve our cognitive capacity, not only through cognitive stimulation, but through training with exercises specially designed for this purpose.
Due to this cerebral plasticity, it is possible to encourage the creation of new neuronal circuits and synapses that offer the possibility of reorganizing and recovering functions, especially in the case of injuries or disorders that have damaged some parts of the brain. In this sense, cognitive stimulation has become a really interesting option, especially in pathologies that damage the nervous system such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease.
Luckily, there are a series of exercises that help in a very positive way when training our brain easily, and also helps us when exercising at home. Do you want to discover what they are ?:
4 useful exercises to train the brain easily and at home
1. Train your memory by memorizing
To enjoy a good memory it is necessary to train the brain and exercise it, which will help us in a very positive way when it comes to memorizing better and retaining them.
An extremely simple exercise is one that memorize phone numbers . For example, take your phone diary or your mobile phone and try to memorize the most important phone numbers for you if you still do not know them by heart.
In addition to exercising your brain, it will help you positively when you need to call those people and not have your phone book or phone nearby.
2. Practice the 'crossed gateo'
There is an extremely simple exercise and easy to practice, but it provides incredible benefits when it comes to exercising the brain. Do you know what it is? It is what is known as the exercise of 'crossed gateo', and it is very easy to practice.
You just have to touch your right knee with your left elbow, and vice versa. Of course, it is advisable to do it energetically and quickly.
3. The owl
With this curious name we find another wonderful exercise specially designed to train our brain. In addition, it is very useful - and recommended - when we feel tension in the neck and we feel nervous, overwhelmed or stressed.
What is it? Put your left hand on the right shoulder, squeezing it firmly. Turn your head to that side while you breathe deeply. Hold your breath keeping the air in your lungs. Then he turns his head towards the opposite shoulder, expelling the air. Do the same, but on the opposite side.
4. Draw with both hands at the same time
This is what is commonly known as the technique or exercise of 'Double doodling' . It basically consists of taking a paper and a pen or pencil with each hand, and start drawing using both hands at the same time, doing scribbles and moving along the entire paper.
In this way we will not only exercise our brain, but we will stimulate fine motor skills and writing itself.
And finally: practice physical exercise
Although it is not a specific exercise for the brain, the truth is that physical exercise in general helps us when exercising our body in its entirety . That is to say, it helps to improve in a very positive way the physical condition of our brain, thanks to the fact that it helps to create new neuronal connections (in a much faster way), and we contribute something very valuable for its correct functioning: oxygen.
It actually serves with any type of physical exercise, although the key is to be a type of aerobic exercise , in which oxygen is needed above all to be able to do it. The ideal? Practice it for at least 30 minutes every day.