Brain power refers to the brain’s capacity to perform efficiently. Studies have shown that the human brain keeps on improving throughout one’s life. Brain power helps one gain more knowledge and learn particular techniques such as problem-solving.
Outdoor exercises not only maintain your body’s health but also keep your mind sharp. Brain fitness programs that involve enhancing brain power increase connections in the brain. Improvement in brain power also increases the heart rate thus more blood is pumped into the brain.
1. Morning Run
A morning run is a great form of exercise to keep both the body and mind fit. To enable efficiency and achieve better results there are various tips that one should consider.
– A training schedule
– Appropriate running clothes
– Proper nutrition prior to running
Running is essential in increasing the density and size of brain capillaries and helps enhance the flow and the pumping of oxygen into the brain. The pumping of blood into the brain also supports the survival of brain neurons thus improving the brain power.
Morning runs have also been known to improve the memory of an individual.
Push-ups are one of the essential exercises in maintaining brain power. The best example to practice is the park bench push-up that aims at improving the chest and shoulders. Broadening of chest plays an integral role in the pumping of blood to the brain.
When carrying out this exercise, step with your feet on the bench than the hands on the ground. Try doing ten pushups. Afterward, change your position by switching your legs to the ground while your arms are on the bench.
Do another ten push-ups and finish by doing ground push-ups. This type of push-up helps the brain coordinate the body movements and also enables the brain to increase its rate of reaction. Coordination and increased rate of reaction, therefore, increases the ability of the brain to learn.
To promote brain power, consider cycling as one of the exercises. Because cycling involves the movement of the legs and the lower back, it has been shown to alleviate back pain and as well as stimulate the action of the brain. The reason to this is the connection between the brain and the back by the spine.
Cycling, therefore, plays a role in stimulating the nervous system and affecting the memory. For example, cycling up a hill increases the heart rate that in turn helps the brain retain motor skills. As a result, it enhances the part of the brain that is responsible for memory.
Although most people consider yoga as an indoor activity, it can also be classified as an outdoor activity. Yoga as an outdoor activity involves practicing it outside and in an open place using a mat.
Sarvangasana improves memory by increasing blood flow to the brain while Bhujangasana is usually the right brain booster. Studies show that 20 minutes of yoga is more effective than aerobic exercises. It is also known to prevent shrinking of the brain that hinders memory.
5. Jump Rope Exercises
This is one of the most underrated exercises for most people. Jumping rope is one of the most beneficial exercises for stimulating the brain and also improving overall body movement. The reason is that jumping requires coordination of the brain and most of the body parts.
It also helps to improve concentration and attention, therefore enhancing memory retention.
Combine rope jumping with a few sprints. That is, do ten jumps, sprint for a few seconds, then turn back and do other sprints for another few seconds. Every time you resume jumping, always change the type of jumps (see video below). A variety of jumps will help in improving creativity as the jumps prevent the brain from being static.
Walking as an exercise can be done daily or weekly. The most important type of walk is the weekly strolling. It involves taking a 30 minutes’ walk on a weekly basis.
Walking helps the brain be able to react to challenges and also enables brain repair. Additionally it acts as a boost to learning of motor skills and reduces stress. Walking, therefore, increases brain power by lowering stress levels and at the same time enhance the energy of the mind.
The above outdoor exercises can be further enhanced in increasing brain power by incorporating other activities such as embracing music, eating well, sleeping well and meditation.