Not so long ago it was assumed that having a “senior’s moment”, like misplacing the car keys or forgetting a new colleagues name, was the “beginning of the end” of a vibrant and active mind.

People can experience a fuzzy mind for any number of reasons: natural ageing, recovering from illness or feeling over worked. Juggling many competing demands in our daily parenting or caring roles can also leave us feeling distracted and even stressed.

New scientific developments in understanding the brain’s neuroplasticity mean that we can rest assured that having a “fuzzy” mind is not a life sentence because it is possible to improve brain fitness even if we have neglected to oil our mental machinery for many years.

Turns out that just as you can exercise your body for strength, fitness and agility you can likewise exercise the brain’s memory, attention, speed and accuracy of what you hear and see at any age. As with physical exercise, brain training can help you improve your performance and feel your best. And cross-training with a balance of physical and brain fitness exercises may provide a real boost to sense of wellness.

Two types of brain training have been proven in clinical trials to amp up brain fitness, contribute to self-confidence and happiness and get the right balance of beneficial neurotransmitters flowing in your brain:

  1. Some Internet Technology exercises that offer graded challenges and target specific cognitive processes can improve attention, accuracy and speed of thinking

  2. Relaxation and meditation that cultivate calm, focus and awareness can help build attention that we need to study, listen and converse with others. And while in a state of deep relaxation it seems the cells in our brains and bodies get active with their own natural healing and regenerative processes.

Practice with one or both of these methods and you get to be less distracted and more productive in daily activities at basic levels like safer driving, remembering where you parked the car or what was on your to-do list. Or at more demanding levels like innovation, organisational change and business management in the often chaotic arena of modern work.

And doing these brain-training exercises won’t raise a single drop of sweat.