It’s no secret – as we age, our brain function declines. However, recent studies indicate that keeping mentally active can help to maintain cognitive functioning, boost productivity, and enhance job performance.
Human brains have the unique ability to grow and change. Neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity, is the brain’s ability to change and grow at every stage and age of our lives. This neurological flexibility plays an essential role in the development or deterioration of our brains.
Neural connections and pathways can be created or separated. Gray matter, which contains most of the brain’s neuronal cell bodies, can expand or contract. From physical activity to brain training exercising, regardless of your age, you can improve your brain’s neuroplasticity.
Brain Training and Neuroplasticity
Brain training is based on the foundation that mental stimulation can improve neuroplasticity. Brain exercises help your mental health and fitness in the same way your body benefits from physical fitness and balanced nutrition.
Most of us live our lives in a series of fixed routines. For example, we wake up, shower, eat breakfast, head to work, commute home, make dinner, and complete our nightly routine. We tend to drive the same way to work, and rarely stray from our routine path. While these routines and daily patterns help to simplify life, they also limit decision making.
Just as the body becomes soft and lethargic from lack of physical activity, the human brain becomes slow and sluggish from too much routine. Brain training helps to keep our cognitive ability fresh, growing, and changing.
The Benefits of Brain Training
Do you find yourself struggling at work with mental performance, including the ability to focus or remember? Do you find you are lagging behind your coworkers and failing to achieve the fullest potential within your chosen career? Brain training can help!
At the Brain Workshop, our brain training program is designed to strengthen the cognitive skills that translate into real life improvements in memory, clarity, attention, logic, and processing speed. Additionally, brain training provides the perfect platform for accomplished leaders in their company or profession, helping them along their professional paths to success.
After completing brain training, our clients have experienced improvement anywhere from 16 to 26 “places” when ranked amongst their peers in groups of 100. Additionally, they have gained up to 15 IQ points, which translates into a significant increase in efficiency in job performance and workplace productivity.
Additional benefits to brain training include:
- reduced stress
- increased memory
- enhanced mood
- increased focus and concentration
- an increase in motivation and productivity
- improved creativity and mental flexibility
- enhanced thinking and reaction time
- increased self-confidence
- sharper vision and hearing
Brain Training Exercises
The simplest of brain training exercises can be completed on a daily basis within the comfort of your home or workplace. Here are a few simple brain training exercises designed to improve cognitive ability, increase productivity, and enhance job performance.
Switch hands – Using your non-dominant hand, even occasionally, results in increased brain activity. If you are right-handed, consider using your left hand to complete simple tasks. From brushing your teeth and eating to using your computer mouse, switching to your non-dominant hand provides a great brain workout.
Backward or upside down – Stimulate your brain by looking at things upside down. This doesn’t necessarily mean standing on your head. You can start simple, by wearing your watch upside down or turning your clock upside down. Reading upside down or backward forces your brain to think every time you look at the time.
Read aloud – One of the earliest demonstrations of brain imaging clearly showed three distinct brain regions lighting up when the same word was read, spoken, or heard. The simple task of reading aloud engages the imagination and brain in a new and different way. Take turns reading and listening to a book with your children, family, or friends. It will engage your brain in new ways.
Brain Training with the Brain Workshop
Regardless of your industry, a faster and stronger brain will help further your career development, earning potential, and future. Our customised one-on-one brain training mental exercises are designed to strengthen specific cognitive skills. Stronger cognitive skills translate to real life improvements in memory, clarity, attention, logic, and processing speed.
Contact a member of our team to schedule your free cognitive assessment.