Self Development By Mae Davies / May 8, 2016 When it comes to exercising, most people tend to focus on workouts that can help them lose weight or gain muscles, such as high-intensity exercises, that workouts that can provide exercise to the brain are often left out. This is why there are a lot of people who overlook the importance of these routines and in turn, suffer from simple to complex cognitive problems such as early memory loss. To avoid these problems, you need to engage in simple brain exercises that only take a few minutes a day. Here are some habits that can exercise your brain. Read a wider variety of materials One of the best ways to exercise your brain is to learn a new language. However, for those who have very hectic schedules, this is easier said than done since learning an entirely new language is very time-consuming. This is where reading a wider variety of printed or digital materials comes in handy. By simply reading the business section of your newspaper instead of reading the entertainment section alone, you can expand your vocabulary by learning new words. This will also make it easier for you to process new information since your brain is being stimulated in tackling more than just one topic. Play strategy games Even though you use your logic and reasoning skills to make simple, everyday decisions such as what to wear for work, this is not enough to ensure that your brain stays in top shape. In order to provide ample exercise to the brain, you need to engage in activities that test your abilities to react and to form strategies as quickly as possible. By playing strategy games that require you to adjust to your opponent’s move and make decisions regarding the items and strategies that you are going to use, you can give ample exercise to the part of your brain that is responsible for logical thinking. Memorize your surroundings One great way to exercise the part of your brain that deals with memory retention is to memorize your surroundings and try to recall it at a later time. You can do this simple exercise at home, at work, or even at the mall. All you need to do is memorize the objects in a particular room or place while paying special attention to where they are placed or their color and other details. After two hours or so, try to write down every detail that you can remember and compare it to the actual room in order to see how much you were able to memorize. Start writing more According to many studies, writing down new information can make it easier for the brain to understand and remember this data later on. This is because writing triggers the portion of the brain that is responsible for focusing on a single thing. Hence, writing new information, may it be a colleague’s contact number or the lecture of a professor, can enhance your focus. Aside from avoiding cognitive problems, following these tips can also help you improve your memory, decision-making skills, focus as well as other aspects of your cognitive abilities. This is why these exercises are important for everybody.