Your brain needs exercise just like a muscle. If you use it often and in the right ways, you will become a more skilled thinker and increase your ability to focus. Here are five simple techniques to exercise your brain and increase your intelligence.
1. Minimize Television Watching

Watching television doesnâ??t use your mental capacity OR allow it to recharge. When you feel like relaxing, try reading a book instead. If youâ??re too tired, listen to some music. When youâ??re with your friends or family, leave the tube off and have a conversation.

2. Exercise

Time spent exercising always leads to greater learning because it improves productivity during the time afterwards. Using your body clears your head and creates a wave of energy.

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3. Read Challenging Books

If you want to improve your thinking and writing ability you should read books that make you focus. Reading a classic novel can change your view of the world and will make you think in more precise, elegant English.

4. Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Nothing makes it harder to concentrate than sleep deprivation. Youâ??ll be most rejuvenated if you go to bed early and donâ??t sleep more than eight hours.

5. Take Time to Reflect

Spending some time alone in reflection gives you a chance organize your thoughts and prioritize your responsibilities. Afterwards, youâ??ll have a better understanding of whatâ??s important and what isnâ??t.
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Sources: Pick The Brain February 15, 2007

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