1. Tickle Your Funny Bone
There’s a reason why they say “Laughter is the best medicine”! 20 minutes of laughter can fight brain aging according to The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Watch a comedy show, take a laughing yoga class or giggle with friends. This will reduce your stress hormones, such as cortisol, which affect cognitive function.
2. Curb Your Sweet Tooth
Eating sugar in excess can affect brain plasticity, the development of new neural pathways between brain cells when we do or learn something novel. A recent UCLA study found that the recovery of brain injured rats who drank sugar water was severely affected. Sugar also hinders cognitive function.
3. Learn Something New
Research findings indicate that learning a new skill for only 10 minutes daily can combat cognitive decline. Studying another language, for example, might be even better at fighting cognitive losses than drugs. So why not play for free one of our language games or another fun brain game today?
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We are excited to introduce our brand new brain training game, Team Builder! Have fun honing your Social Skills!
How to Play Team Builder?
Study all available candidates. Consider each person’s habits and preferences and create the perfect team. This game focuses on your ability to leverage emotional information to make better decisions with others. Touch and drag a person’s photo onto the board. Touch Submit when you’re done. Can you create the best team?
How does Team Builder stimulate your Emotional Intelligence?
Team Builder is a brain training game created to stimulate Social Skills. By asking you to consider the habits and preferences of others to form a strong team and master the game, you are training your ability to use these same important skills in your daily life. Social Skills are the ability to leverage emotional information to make better decisions and facilitate stronger social bonds. Social skills apply to many aspects of our life, a large part being in the workplace, but also among friends and family.
Key Benefits of Emotional Intelligence:
- Stronger Relationships
- Better Decision Making
- Main Predictor of Job Success
- Higher Salary Potential
Try Fit Brains new Team Builder game today! Download our Free app now! You’ll love the results!
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New Year’s Resolutions. Most of us make them, but many of us break them. According to studies on the science of motivation, only up to 30% of us will stick with our good intentions or changes that we have resolved to make. Most shockingly? According to the author, research even finds that “the better we feel about our new year’s resolutions and our ability to stick with them, the less we actually will.” (Crew, 2014). Wait. Say that again? This may be because the more optimistic or over-confident you are, the fewer safeguards you will put in place to ensure follow-through.
So how do you improve your chances of keeping your new year’s resolution?
For starters, writing down your goal or resolution is helpful, but did you know that even how you phrase your resolution matters? According to one study, writing it as an “if-then” statement (e.g, If I go to a restaurant then I will order a side salad instead of french fries) improves your odds of follow-through, as opposed to just writing something like “eat more salad at restaurants instead of fries.” Reportedly, “For whatever reason, research suggests that our brains can get tricked into automatically and subconsciously responding to if/then statements.” (Crew, 2014). In addition to putting your resolution in writing and phrasing it appropriately here are a few other simple tips that can help better your chances of successfully sticking with your resolution:
- Keep your resolution attainable (like if you committed to improving your brain health that’s actually pretty fun and easy if you play Fit Brains brain games).
- Read your written resolution daily.
- Spread the word. If your friends, family and colleagues know what your resolution is, they can help keep you accountable!
If you haven’t made a resolution yet, you still can! When you think about it, what could be more important than committing to better brain health in 2016? Whether you want to maintain a healthy brain and strong memory as you age, improve your speed of thinking on the job, or maintain better focus at school or work, Fit Brains brain games can help stimulate all areas of your brain function for better health.
The best part? You can get started today with a Fit Brains Free Trial!
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It’s almost the start of a new year and it’s time to be decisive. What are your plans and dreams for 2016? No matter what you want your year to be like and no matter what you want to achieve or become, the health and functioning of your brain will play a critical role in your success. In fact, brain health plays such an important role in our health and happiness that it’s predicted to be one of 2016’s hottest topics! With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the most intriguing new brain boosts on the scene that will get your brain off to a healthy start this year!
- Want a touch of rebellion with your brain boost? According to Nutritional Outlook, the “Boost Your Mind” shot (contains magnesium and zinc among other minerals) created by Jungbunzlauer out of Basel Switzerland, “promotes normal cognitive function, reduction of tiredness and fatigue, plus a normal energy-yielding metabolism.
- Who doesn’t want to enjoy a fun, soda-esque beverage guilt free? You’re in luck…UK based Food Manufacture magazine reports that brain health drinks may be the new energy drink (think ginseng, blueberries and chamomile in soft drink formula)!
- Also, look for brain boosting products from nature, such as a powdered bark extract and cocoon silk. One example reported in an article by Nutritional Outlook is Sabroxy, a new powdered bark extract from Sabinsa with an ingredient that “improves levels of Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF)”. Ultimately this protein plays a role in memory processing and brain function. And there is Fibrin, a peptide within the cocoon silk shows benefits for “memory, learning and overall cognitive function”.
Not so sure about throwing back mineral shots and ingesting bark or cocoon silk? There is always Fit Brains engaging brain games that can add some fun into your regular brain health regimen! With more games and variety than any other brain training program, this is one that is a must try! Try the FREE TRIAL of Fit Brains today.
Whatever you choose, you’re bound to have a happier, healthier and more successful 2016 if you focus on improving the health of your brain! Stay tuned for more from our blog every week so that you can be your best in 2016!
Happy New Year!
The Fit Brains Team
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Wow. It is hard to believe the holidays are upon us once again! It is supposed to be the “happiest time of the year”, but none of us will deny that it can also be a stressful time of the year. We feel pressure for it to be “perfect”. We seek the “perfect gift”, the “perfect meal”, the “perfect house”, and the “perfect family time”. But seeking perfection is stressful and, let’s face it, pretty darn impossible. This year, relax, try to lower your stress levels, and give your brain a break by taking steps to just remember what it’s all about. Enjoy the time with friends and family. Be thankful for your health. Enjoy making memories with those you love. Focus on positive emotions and building memories this holiday season.
Easy said, but how exactly do you do this?
We recommend getting in a little movement and activity instead of just sitting around on the couch (ok, we love that too and won’t deny you some quality couch time!) Start a dance party, play a game of frisbee or football outside, build a snowman with the kids, break out the Wii, or take a brisk walk with your family.
In addition to just plain feeling good after being surrounded by all that food, did you know that movement can release higher levels of good chemicals in your brain such as dopamine? You’ll activate feelings of pleasure in the brain. Goodbye holiday stress and anxiety! Dopamine can also help boost your memory (and hey, you’re working to turn this into a holiday you’ll WANT to remember!) You’ll also have increased focus and attention (for better quality time with loved ones), and in general you’ll just be giving yourself an all-around brain boost!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Fit Brains! We wish you health and happiness during this holiday season.
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