By Peter Markovic

The brain determines consciousness, and a long list of attributes which affect one’s quality of life. Without exception, everything starts with the brain; it is central for everything that we do. Productivity starts with the mind. The brain must be nurtured with stimulation, positive affirmations and active challenges.

The Human Brain – A Remarkable Organic Computer


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By Peter Markovic

The brain determines consciousness, and a long list of attributes which affect one’s quality of life. Without exception, everything starts with the brain; it is central for everything that we do. Productivity starts with the mind. The brain must be nurtured with stimulation, positive affirmations and active challenges.

The Human Brain – A Remarkable Organic Computer

Volumes of data exist around the subject of physical fitness and well-being. Fitness is conducive with mental ability and brain efficiency; both are relative to productivity. The brain is a complex organic muscle which needs constant stimulation to preserve the mind’s peak performance. Knowledge about the mysteries of the human brain continues to grow. It is immensely complex and still largely misunderstood. It is the most complex phenomena in the known universe. Whether consciousness is uniquely human is still hotly debated.

Many of the diseases associated with old age, such as loss of memory and degeneration of motor skills, might also be attributed to inadequate mental stimulation. The power of the mind and its remarkable ability to adapt to change continues from the moment we are born to our old age. In the name of good health, and to be truly productive, we need to be aware that the human brain needs a steady stream of mental challenges.

Exercises That Promote Thinking

Methods to help keep the mind working involve thinking. There are many ways to stimulate the mind: problem solving, memory tests, quizzes, or any task that requires the utilization of one’s mental faculties. It is key to choose activities that are enjoyable and that you’re willing to repeat. This helps with maintaining one’s motivation.

A physical method that you can use to encourage constant mental activity includes reversing the tasks associated with your left and right hands. By using your left hand when you would normally use your right, you are effectively training your mind to master a new skill. This is a highly effective way of engaging your mind when doing a task that you usually take for granted. Start off by doing easier tasks with your left hand (assuming you are right-handed). For example, cleaning your teeth is easier than attempting to write with your left hand.

Reversing tasks typically performed with the right hand will make you feel quite awkward. This is normal. The brain will develop new neural connections, nerves and muscles to perform the task. This happens in the same way that children learn new skills. With practice, it becomes ingrained in the brain and requires no additional conscious thought.

Developing new physical skills in this way actively stimulates the brain and improves overall coordination and motor skills. At the beginning, this may seem frustrating. But as with physical exercise, over time it becomes easier.

Reading – Mind Massage

Reading is a pastime enjoyed by millions of people. Regardless of whether one reads for pure enjoyment or academic reasons, reading is particularly good stimulation for the mind. Whether you’re a dedicated reader who follows their passion on various  book forums or an occasional reader, there is a myriad of various genres available for any age to enjoy. Motivational  self-help audio books are ideal for building a positive state of mind as well while exercising or commuting. When employing the term “reading” in the context of keeping the mind and brain functional, this is an activity that extends further than just books.

Suitable Material

Anything from crossword puzzles, learning a foreign language, quizzes, or any other thought-provoking material is suitable. Conversely, other activities like watching television and movies are enjoyable, however they do not challenge the mind anywhere near as well as reading a book, if at all.

Push-Ups for the Brain

It helps to think of the human brain like a muscle. It needs to be used and exercised regularly. When the brain stays in “neutral,” just as any other muscle that is not used, it will become weak and progressively deteriorate. The old cliché, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” is true!

Physical Exercise – Brain Booster

Walking, swimming or any activity that promotes increasing your heart rate is a prerequisite for maintaining proper physical condition. Research leaves little doubt that by continually challenging one’s brain, by providing stimuli in the form of thought-provoking tasks or new motor skills, helps to counter brain-damaging diseases.

A “push button world” requires less physical effort and is at least partially responsible for the issues pertaining to mental and physical health within society. The human body is a product of evolution. It cannot be switched on and off like a machine, nor does it cope particularly well with being physically or mentally inactive, conditions which are contrary to the challenging conditions in which our species evolved.

Modern life, with all its work-saving devices and less physical exertion, means that we must make compensating adjustments to ensure we are receiving enough exercise. To be creative and mentally fit, we need to maintain a regime of exercise not only for the body but also for the brain. Keeping your mind active, coupled with a healthy diet and regular exercise, will promote a happier and fuller lifestyle, consequently enhancing your ability to be more productive.

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