Although brain is not anatomically a muscle , the same principle ‘Use it or lose it’ applies with reference to its functioning. According to the latest findings in Neuroscience, our brain reaches its peak performance at 16-25 years, and thereafter cognitive functioning declines. Having said that , we also like to emphasize that intelligence is not a fixed trait that is dependent upon heredity or environment at birth but it is an ability that can be cultivated and developed throughout life .

Individuals who believe that intelligence can be expanded are found to be open to challenges, more resilient and persistent in every aspect. Such people are not scared of failure or appearing dumb upon not being able to accomplish a task.

Some of the skills developed through mind games include:

  • Keep brain sharp and alert
  • Improved memory
  • Quick thinking
  • Improved reaction/response time
  • Enhances cognitive ability
  • Delay degenerative diseases of the brain
  • Delay memory loss as in dementia, Alzheimers disease, etc

Constantly training the brain through memory tests or problem solving can enhance mental capacities. Contrary to the common learning that happens in classrooms within a tense and pressurizing environment, mind games entail fun activities that are stimulating and refreshing. The games compel you to think, strategize , remember and apply the right information at the right time in order to win.

Examples of certain fun mind games

  • Chess
  • Chinese checkers
  • Sudoku
  • Scrabble
  • pictionary
  • Crossword
  • Jenga
  • Othello
  • Learning new language

After some time your brain may get used to solving the above and will develop relevant strategies making the task mundane and not-so-challenging. The key is to keep exploring new options, reinventing the challenges. There are various applications available which offer more personalized brain training program tailored to your needs in personal or professional life.

Start with simple inexpensive games and gradually stretch this muscle to its fullest to build fitter and faster mind!

References: 

https://sites.google.com/site/memoryproblems01/the-benefits-of-playing-mind-games

https://www.livescience.com/4336-smart-strategy-brain-muscle.html

https://www.neuronation.com/science/what-brain-training-good-0

http://www.toyourhealth.com/mpacms/tyh/article.php?id=1885

Baltes, P. et al. (1999), Lifespan Psychology: Theory and Application to Intellectual Functioning.Annual Review of Psychology 50: 471-507

Written by drpoojachhawcharia

Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.

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