Posts Tagged ‘brain exercise’

Brain Fitness from Strength Training

Monday, March 14th, 2011

We’ve reported before on the benefits of aerobic exercise to brain fitness and brain function (Exercise Makes Your Brain Bigger | Exercise That Stimulates Brain Plasticity). And the second of those reports seemed to show that strength exercise (weight lifting) didn’t improve brain fitness and mental sharpness the way that aerobic exercise did. However, more recent research seems to suggest otherwise.

In one study Brazilian brain scientists devised a means of getting rodents to do resistance training (climbing a ladder with weights tied to their tails) for several weeks. They compared the brain training benefits of this resistance training to the benefits of regular aerobic exercise or no exercise and concluded that both the resistance training and the aerobic exercise improved spatial memory and activated neurogenesis.

And in a similar study Japanese researchers added a resistance load to the training wheels of rats, causing muscle gain over a period of training. This study, too, found that the resistance training acted as brain training, activating neurogenesis in the rats’ brains.

Studies of humans has also produced evidence in support of the hypothesis that resistance training in the form of weight lifting or loaded resistance exercise can improve brain function. (See A Better Brain After Weight Lifting.)

When viewed from a holistic and practical perspective it makes sense that we would have evolved in such a way that physical exercise and resistance training would act as a spur for neurogenesis and provide an excellent means of brain fitness training. If we’re living a sedentary, undemanding existence our brains can idle — they’re not being called upon to find or win food or outwit our competitors or provide solutions to life’s problems. On the other hand, a physically tough existence calls the brain to action so that it can help us secure that next morsel or escape the encroaching wildebeast.

Second Stage Of Brain Fitness Pro

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

I tried to clear n= 3 but couldn’t. Now I can clear n=2 in first attempt with only 1 miss and 12 hits, much better than earlier score of 10 misses and only 2 hits but not able to cross n=3 with total 9 misses and 7 hits, and it again took me to n=2 and that is the part which is bit frustrating, but accepted since it makes us to start from scratch and move ahead.

When i started using this software it was looking almost impossible to clear the very first stage , but now it seems like a cake walk but n=3 is looking bit challenging. I don’t know up to what stage people have  gone but i  think if I could cross even n=4, my concentration is going to increase many times more than what it is rite now.