3 Brain Training Tips You Should Know About

Tips That’ll Help Boost Your Performance In Peak

The internet is full to the brim of brain training tips. Some good, some bad and some mediocre. And if you’re a Peak brain trainer, then finding the right training tools to support your training could mean the difference between playing Peak averagely or getting a real boost in your Peak rankings. 

According to some scientists, training one cognitive skill can have a positive impact on those yet untrained skills too. So, these tips may help all areas of Peak gaming, from problem solving and memory skills to focus and mental agility. 

To make your search for brain training tips a little easier, we’ve collated the top 3, all of which have been supported by scientific evidence. 

These tips can sharpen and focus your skills, enabling you to outstrip your current Peak scores. 

Become An Animal 

Think tiger, leopard, giraffe or cat. 

Ever noticed that when you’re playing one of our super-challenging endurance brain training games like Must Sort or Tunnel Trance and after stagnanting indoors all day, your mind can feel more tired and less reactional? Lack of physical movement is usually the cause. 

If you can get your brain revved up and ready to nail a new high score, then this tip is it. 

Moving like an animal may sound bonkers but it has been proven time and time again to get your intellectual juices flowing. Workouts such as Animal Flow describe the benefits: 

“Animal Flow is ground based movement, made fun, challenging and effective. This system is designed to improve strength, power, flexibility, mobility, and coordination for all levels of fitness enthusiasts.”

Let’s explore the scientific link between moving like an animal and the brain’s function. 

Imitating the movement of an animal has been shown to connect the mind with the body. So, when you’re playing Peak’s Mental Agility games, say Zap Gap or Turtle Traffic, your mind needs to stay agile and so too do your hands and fingers. The mind-body connection is ever-prevalent whilst you play. 

Darryl Edwards, inventor of Primal Play, describes how “some of these movements – such as the Bear Jack (Google it) – actually require quite a bit of coordination, dexterity and power to pull off. Even simpler animal movements like the Crane Pose (in which you stand on one leg and raise your other leg up to knee level) help with overall coordination, balance and stability.

Crawling – a quadrupedal movement where you rely on all four limbs for movement has significant benefits for the brain because of that coordination challenge. These animal workouts are good for the brain as well as the body.”

Schools dedicated to and focused on movement and exercise as part of daily school life to enhance learning, such as Mound Spark Academy, solidify Edwards’ thoughts by confirming that “recent research has shown that regular physical activity and movement benefit more than just the body—they actually augment brain function. Movement supplies brain cells with oxygen, promotes the production of new brain cells, and aids in creating new synapses.”

Improve and increase your daily movement and feel the benefits when it comes to training your brain, smashing your Best Score and climbing the ranks. 

Reduce Liquor Intake

Alcohol, booze, drinky-poos, a bev, refreshments – whatever you call it, lots of us enjoy a tipple or five. Fear not, this brain training tip is not about to reveal that you should quit drinking, instead we’re suggesting you seek out a purer, better quality drink, so you can reduce its sinfulness. 

Ever heard of biodynamic, organic and sulfite-free alcohol? It’s basically a purer form of alcohol which doesn’t have any pesticides, added sulfites and it’s naturally grown rather than human-manipulated. What does this mean for your brain? 

Do you find that when you’re hungover your brain feels foggy and slow? And when you’re playing Peak with a hangover, especially problem solving games, things don’t often go your way? There’s a reason for that. The ‘extras’ such as sulfites and pesticides which can be found in alcohol can play havoc with the brain.

Science Direct describes how “sulfite decreases oxygen consumption in brain mitochondria” which Jens V. Andersen’s 2019 study (which rolls nicely off the tongue), Distinct Differences in Rates of Oxygen Consumption and ATP Synthesis of Regionally Isolated Non‐Synaptic Mouse Brain Mitochondria, found that “brain mitochondrial dysfunction has been implicated in several neurodegenerative diseases.”

Mitochondria is described by some neuroscientists as being vital when it comes to the brain: “High energy requirements tissues such as the brain are highly dependent on mitochondria.” So when there’s a decrease in oxygen consumption in brain mitochondria, then your cognitive function is less likely to perform as normal. 

By trying to avoid the mainstream booze-types and opting for a sulfite-free and organic option, you’ll be avoiding a sulfite overload and the negative reactions that come with it. Drink sparingly to get that added antioxidant boost and as a result you’ll maintain a cool and fog-free head. Oh and become the master of Face Switch in no time.  

Write, Don’t Type 

If you want to nail your hand-eye coordination whilst playing Peak games like Speed Spotting or Must Sort and get your cognitive function performing to the max, then this is the brain training tip for you. 

It’s time to put the phone down (when you’re not brain training of course) and pick up a pen/pencil and some paper instead. And here’s why. 

Dr William R. Klemm explains in his 2013 report, Why Writing by Hand Could Make You Smarter, how researchers have found dozens of brain-boosting benefits of writing by hand. 

Klemm spotlights the beneficial findings of learning and continuing to use cursive and stresses it’s “an important tool for cognitive development, particularly in training the brain to learn.” Here’s Klemm going into further detail:

  • “The brain develops functional specialization that integrates both sensation, movement control, and thinking. Brain imaging studies reveal that multiple areas of the brain become co-activated during the learning of cursive writing of pseudo-letters, as opposed to typing or just visual practice.”

  • “There is a spill-over benefit for thinking skills used in reading and writing. To write legible cursive, fine motor control is needed over the fingers. You have to pay attention and think about what and how you are doing it. You have to practice. Brain imaging studies show that cursive activates areas of the brain that do not participate in keyboarding.”

  • “Other research highlights the hand’s unique relationship with the brain when it comes to composing thoughts and ideas. Virginia Berninger, a professor at the University of Washington, reported her study of children in grades two, four and six that revealed they wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus with a keyboard.”

And on that note, this writer is hopping off her laptop and heading to a coffee shop with a notepad and pen to flex those cognitive muscles. 

Why not pick one of the 3 tips mentioned in this article and see where your next session with Peak will take you? 

Brains at the ready. 

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Sources Cited:

https://www.primalplay.com/blog/10-benefits-of-animal-moves-workouts

https://tahomaclinic.com/Research/PDFs/Sulfites.pdf

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925443914001094

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jnr.24371

http://nildcanada.org/wp-content/uploads/Why-Writing-by-Hand-Could-Make-You-Smarter-by-William-Klemm-1.pdf

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/memory-medic/201303/why-writing-hand-could-make-you-smarter

Maisie Bygraves

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