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Brain Training Exercises Explained:

The adage, "You can't teach old dogs new tricks," is no longer applicable in this time and age. Apparently, you can teach older dogs newer tricks.

With so many researches confirming that the brain (human or otherwise) can still rewire itself after an incapacitating accident, or after overcoming in-born brain deformity; more and more scientists are then turning their attention to their studies on senior citizens and the slow degeneration of mental health.

Scientists are now claiming that this does not have to happen immediately; although admittedly, time will eventually take its toll. People who are past their prime can still live active lives as long as they continue to have consistent brain training exercises.

The first obstacle to overcome in brain training is the negative mindset that once you reach a certain age, you can no longer function properly. Age will slow down human physiology at one point or the other, but this is a very, very slow process - often taking years to manifest.

This defeatist thinking of not being able to do the things that you used to, or do it as well as you used to, or as fast as you used to, makes the your brain think that you want to slow down, and so it does. The brain sends out signals to the rest of the body slowing down everything from cognitive functions to metabolic functions to muscle movement. In short, you are teaching yourself to grow old faster.

However, this kind of thinking can be used on a positive note. You can expend the same cognitive energy teaching your mind to remain mentally healthy. Learning new skills or languages at this point can help sharpen the mind.

Dancing is an enjoyable sport that can serve both as a mental exercise and a low-impact cardio exercise. Intellectually stimulating activities like taking up an educational course, enrolling in social activity, or even just completing a crossword puzzle or two, help keep the brain in active circulation. According to researches, the more mentally demanding the activity is; the better benefits a person can get out of it in the long run.

Needless to say, switching on the TV and parking yourself in front of it for hours on end is one way of making sure your brain remains static, or worse, on its way to early degeneration.

Lifestyle changes are also essential in every effort to keep the mind at its peak health. After all, even athletes have to contend with a healthy diet and modifications to daily routine. In this regard, it would be safe to say that training the brain should be classified as an athletic activity. It should be noted that without a healthy brain, the rest of the functions of the body fall short of likely expectations.

Dieting should be done in accordance to a doctor's instructions. Better yet, regular consultations with a registered dietician or nutritionist about your particular dietary needs should work wonders for your mental well-being.

Having the proper diet can aid the brain in sustaining its fitness, while minimizing or slowing down the onset of other age related diseases. Eliminating smoking and other "bad habits" should be included as well.