Does the concept of brain exercise conjure up images of a sweaty and exhausted brain jogging around the block, huffing and puffing while trying to keep up with its fellow runners?   

Well, I can relate to just how demotivating it can be to be unfit and in agony, gasping for breath. I know the difficult and tortuous journey one undertakes to become fit. I also know that once you reach your goal of running 10 metres, how invigorating, exhilarating and liberating it is. 

In addition to becoming physically fit and maintaining that fitness level, we also need to become mentally fit to counteract mental fatigue and brain degeneration.  

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Newsflash!!!  

Just as physical exercise boosts your strength, stamina and mood, by exercising your brain using a special set of exercises called brain gym, you and your child would reap countless benefits. 

 These benefits include:   
  • Sharpness and mental agility
  • Improved decision-making skills
  • Lengthening of the attention span 
  • Improved memory
  • Improved planning skills 
  • Improved multi-tasking skills
  • Increased growth of blood cells 
  • Increase in creativity
  • Improved communication skills
  • Decrease in stress and anxiety

Songs, Brain Gym Activities and Sample Claps – Unicef 

By doing brain gym, you and your child’s brains should become fitter, more agile, and flexible. As it is vitally important to keep your mind sharp, by using the specially designed brain gym toolkit, you and your child could have an enhanced mental edge throughout your lives.  

 

 

What is Brain Gym? 

Brain Gym is a series of exercises that have been designed by Paul and Gail Dennison to enhance your brain function. These simple exercises incorporate easy, non – strenuous (I promise) movements but with amazing results. These movements improve learning skills by engaging both brain hemispheres.

Brain Gym was founded on three simple principles: 

 

Learning is a pleasant and natural activity which goes on throughout our whole lives          

Learning blocks are caused by the student/learner’s incapacity of coping with anxiety and stress derived by a task which is perceived as “too difficult” 

We are all more or less blocked as far as learning is concerned since we have all learned not to move. 

Songs, Brain Gym Activities and Sample Claps – Unicef

 

It is possible to quickly do one or two of these exercises when you experience your mental stamina flagging. You could even incorporate these exercises as part of your quirky repertoire in the office by standing up and saying: “Okkkaaaayyy….. it’s time to train my brain, come on everyone….!”   

 

I use brain gym during my tutoring sessions when I see the children start to wobble off into the nethersphere. “It’s Double Doodle time!” I crow and we all scramble to get the brain juices flowing, resulting in rejuvenated minds and greater concentration spans.   

 Let’s do some brain gym!   

 Cards from …. primaryclass.co.uk 

 

Uuuuurm….Did I mention that these exercises are a quick picker-upper for mental fatigue and enhances mental ability?

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