When most people talk about getting fit, they´re referring to their physical appearance, toning their bodies or losing weight, however, there are other aspects of you that may be able to use a little fitness improvement. Your brain. Did you know that the brain requires exercise just like the muscles in your body? If you use your brain often, just as you would a specific group of muscles, you can become a more skilled thinker. Being more skilled analytically means increasing your ability to focus, something nearly each of us could use improvement on.

On the other hand, if you do not exercise your brain by challenging yourself and your thinking process, those valuable parts of grey matter will deteriorate and, much like an unused muscle over time, will become flabby. So how then do you exercise your brain and get it into shape? Here are a few simple ways to get yourself thinking that can result in more productivity.

Drop the remote and avoid excessive television time
Many people do not realize the effects of watching too much television. While it´s a common American past time to ´veg´in front of the t.v., watching television does not require brain power. Watching television also does not allow your brain time to turn off and recharge. In essence, it´s like having energy sucked out of a muscle without the benefits of gaining any exercise. This is the reason people say they feel drained after a few hours in front of the television. Instead of t.v. try reading a book, listening to music or engaging in intelligent conversation with your family. These types of activities stimulate and challenge the mind in a healthy way.

Choose a challenge
If you enjoy reading, choose books that offer a challenge in the way of thinking. While romance novels and science fiction can be relaxing and exciting, they do not provide the same level of mental stimulation that say a classic novel can. A classic novel in Old English will require concentration and focused attention. It may even open your eyes to a new – or older, more practical – method of thinking. Choosing to read about a topic you know nothing on is also a great way to exercise the brain.

Get physical!
There are many more benefits to exercise than simply shedding stored fat. Exercise is the ultimate way to burn off pent up energy, reduce stress and clear the mind. Exercising, regardless of what form your chose, often leads to greater learning because it leaves you feeling invigorated, which at the end of the day, improves productivity. Many people also benefit from improved concentration after a good exercise session as well.

Get the sleep you need
There is no magic number when it comes to the amount of hours a person needs to feel refreshed, but if you do not know how many hours you personally need, find out! The reason – nothing zaps your ability to concentrate quite like lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation is one of the leading complaints of lethargy among people, so make sure you get what you need. Remember the adage, early to bed, early to rise – and that it´s the early bird who gets the worm!

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Motivaction For Life by Smiljan Mori
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/simple-tips-to-boost-your-brainpower/
http://www.mind-expanding-techniques.net/mindpower.html
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20365995,00.html

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