Neuroplasticity is the mechanism by which we build our brain fitness.

I recently listened to the audio book, “Neuroplasticity: How to Organize Your Brain Through Neural Connections” by Quinn Spencer.  It had some helpful tips on how we can maintain brain fitness through applying the principle of neuroplasticity.

Our brain strengthens brain pathways we use the most and shrinks the ones we use the least. Long term changes take place when we expose ourselves to repeated behaviours, knowledge or information. Therefore, we need to be aware of what we do, learn and take in through our senses.

Here are 10 things we can do to help improve our brain fitness:

  • Exercise regularly. This promotes brain functioning and the production of helpful chemicals.
  • Partake in intermittent fasting. This influences the plasticity of brain connections, detoxifies the body, and replaces old proteins with new ones.
  • Mediate or pray regularly. In a world that is moving so very quickly this forces us to slow down and increase our attention and focus. It also improves memory and heightens our engagement of the prefrontal cortex.
  • Get adequate sleep. This is an essential component to brain health. Sleep removes toxins from the brain and helps to solidify new brain connections, memories, and new skills.
  • Remove stress. Stress dampens neuroplasticity. In fact, prolonged exposure to stress can physically change your brain, but not in a good way.
  • Learn something new. Think about learning how to play a new instrument or learning a new language or picking up a new art skill. These activities strengthen your brain and recruits new circuitry.
  • Read a novel. Reading fiction creates heighten connectivity in the brain. It also provides a chance for you to relax.
  • Stretch your cognitive capacity. Do puzzles and problem-solving tasks that require you to think outside the box.
  • Use as much of your brain as possible when doing a task. For example, mix creative tasks with analytic skills. This will stretch your recruitment of brain areas beyond their typical engagement and promote neuroplasticity.

I hope you noted some ways you can exercise your brain today.