How To Play Fun Brain-Games - Using Just Your Brain

Brain training games are very popular. From crosswords, puzzles to Sudoku which are all designed to get our brains working - keeping the brain malleable with stimulating activities - all help to strengthen and rewire the neural connections and produce other positive changes in the brain. 

Even activities that tax the brain like juggling and playing computer games associated with strategy also helps. Plus, additional TOWP Health information in the comments section.

I get bored easily, and these fun brain games I cannot help myself from playing daily. They were initially designed to help distract my mind from thinking of the stressful situations I was experiencing, and have since become a daily part of my life for fun and mental stimulation. Play along with yourself or with a friend. 

Clock Timing Game
Minute Count: In some points of our lives, we have all used a stop-watch to see if we can mentally count to exactly one minute (which is way too easy - this does not tax the brain enough). I like to play this game while saying the alphabet or counting aloud, and quickly. Then progress to two minutes and so on. Play with a friend. Take it in turns to count, while the other tries to distract you with maths questions or general conversation.

As we age, the brain will decrease in brain size every year, caused by the nerve cells dying. The brain is like a muscle. Language learning acts as a high-intensity work-out making it more flexible, more efficient and bigger. Learning a new language is a complex brain task. It stimulates neurol pathway development in the brain, decreasing any risk of dementia and other brain diseases.

Story - Word Games

Words Games: 1. Pick any letter of the alphabet and make a story using that same letter. For example; Someone Should Stop Sally Selling Sausages, Said Steven So selfishly.
2. Pick a colour: And use every letter of the alphabet to pick an object that's this colour. For example; the colour green; African tree toad. Broccoli. Caterpillar. Dragonfly. Emerald and so on.
3. Syllables counts. Starting from the letter A, think of a word which has one syllable, then two, then three and so on, working through the alphabet.  For example; At. Applause. Avalanche. Activated. Accumulation.
3a. Playing the same game, but the last 3 letters of the word are the same. For example; Ding. Driving. Disturbing. Diagnosing. Debilitating.
4. Syllables Words: Go through the alphabet thinking of words that rhyme with the same amount of syllables. For example; Accelerate. Bicarbonate. Calibrate. Delegate. Educate. These are three-syllable words that end in ATE. Another way; use words that end with ION or TER and so on and change the amount of syllables.

A recent study has found that alcohol, stress and a "lack of intellectual activity" can all affect the age of your brain.

Mathematics Games
Number Doubler: 1. Pick Three numbers - for example; 1.3.4. Keep doubling each number to as much as you can. Examples; 1,3,4, becomes 2, 6, 8, then 4, 12, 16, Pick a combination of odd and even numbers to make it different and harder.

Sherry Willis from Pennsylvania State University said, "brain exercises that focus on training reasoning skills do translate into long-lasting improvements in daily life". 

Neuroscientist and nutritionist Dr Lisa Mosconi explained that foods really help the affects of out brain and whatever foods we eat will eventually shape our thoughts and actions. 
  • For ultimate brain health, compliment with fresh fish high in omega 3, nuts, and along with foods containing anthocyanins such as blueberries, purple cabbage. Purple sweet potatoes, beetroot's  which is continually proven to be scientifically beneficial for the brain, heart and overall health. 
  • Other studies have shown anthocyanins can actually repair, the physical matter of the brain and can stop, or even help slow-down some forms of brain diseases.
  • If you want to improve your mind, learning a new language or skill, juggling, or any other activity that requires mental training is definitely a no-brainer. 
  • Make up your own memory games.

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A radio program that aired, March 2, 2018: BBC Radio 4: Inside Science: Claudia Kawas - Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory undertook the World largest health study following peoples brain health once they reach the age of 90. To improve more peoples chances of retaining good memory and thinking skills in old age. Based on her autopsy studies, As long as you don't develop vascular diseases in your vessels. As long as you don't develop other kinds of dementing disorders, that seems to be actually one of the things going on in the ninety-year-olds, the individual's who have high amyloid levels but good thinking have relatively clean brains otherwise.

2017. 'Neurogenesis' is the process where we create new brain cells. We hear about brain cells dying but we carry on making new brain cells. Some neuroscientists believe that if someone has depression, their neurogenesis is reduced, and they stop generating new brain cells. Claudia Hammond. BBC World Service. All In The Mind.

2017. There are no proven ways to stave off mental decline or 'dementia', but a new report suggests that exercise, controlling blood pressure and some types of brain training and learning a new language may offer help. Metro News.

2017. A study, from researchers at the University of L'Aquila, Italy, found that eating 'chocolate' can help improve attention, memory, keep the brain healthy. Helps with sleep deprivation boosts brain processing speed, working memory, and fluency of speech in the elderly. Daily Mail.

TOWP Health said...

March 7, 2018. Language learning acts as a high-intensity work-out making it more flexible, more efficient and bigger. Learning a new language is a complex brain task. It stimulates Neural pathway development in the brain, decreasing any risk of dementia and other brain diseases.