Brain Gym ExercisesFor those people unfamiliar with brain gym exercises, these techniques replicate early childhood’s learning and coordination, based on the brain’s interaction with the eyes, ears, hands and body. The exercises use body movements to enhance concentration, focus, memory, academic ability and organizational skills, besides physical coordination. Practicing these movements is a step towards enhancing your learning capabilities.

The exercises have been used for the enhancement of cognitive performance in Alzheimer’s patients, focus of ADD or ADHD children and even, the response times of learning disabled students. Learning isn’t an isolated function of the brain, meaning the body is also involved.  Your brain is divided between memory, attention, problem solving, flexibility and speed. Since it is the “headquarters” of the central nervous system, stimulating nerves may also stimulate the brain.

The exercises may include simple exercises and techniques. Much like a finely tuned athlete, there are certain things that stimulate brain activity, when coupled with physical activity. Known as educational kinesthetics or “edu-kinesthetics”, these activities provide a positive and clear path to better learning.

The first step of the process is to drink plenty of water, before or during the sessions. In addition, drinking water in stressful situations, such as taking tests or interviewing, can enhance brain function. Because the brain is comprised of up to 90% water, it helps to feed your brain power, through proper hydration.

Another goal of brain gym exercises is improving blood flow to the brain, which improves concentration. There are parts of your body that can actually activate your brain. Take one of your hands and spread the thumb and index finger apart widely, then, place them below the collar bone indentations, on each side of the sternum, pulsing lightly. Put your other hand over your navel and gently press, at the same time. After about two minutes, your brain will be “switched” to the “on” position, which is why “brain buttons” is the name of these brain gym exercises.

Another of the brain gym exercises, known as the “cross crawl”, is helpful for coordinating your right and left hemispheres of the brain. Some left handed people may have heard the phrase, “being of the right mind”, but most right handed people primarily use only the left hemisphere of their brain, since opposite sides of the body are controlled.

Start by standing or sitting and putting your right hand across the body to your left knee, while raising the knee. Then, switch hand and leg, doing the same thing with the left hand to the right knee. After repeating this “marching” motion for about two minutes, both sides of the brain will be stimulated.

Belly breathing is one of the simplest exercises for the brain, since all that’s required is to breathe deeply, (instead of holding your breath), during physical exertion or mental activity that requires extra focus and concentration. Abundant oxygen supply is essential to enhancing your brain’s function.

By re-establishing the neural connections between body and brain, you can enjoy easier learning, regardless of age. Since all sensory information is sent by electrical signals through the nerves, your body is one of the most complex electrical systems on the planet. By using brain gym exercises, you support electrical and chemical changes that occur in your brain and body, during mental challenges and physical exertion.


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