exercise your brain

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

From the TED-Ed lesson How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

Animation by Sharon Colman Graham

Lifehacker's Top 10 Tips and Tricks to Train, Exercise, and Better Your Brain

Research shows that the brain needs to be exercised like a muscle to stay strong. Although historically scientists thought that the brain stopped growing and neuron numbers stagnated, this has recently been proven not to be the case. We can form new neural connections and new neurons through brain exercises like these!

Here are the top ten sites and tools to train your brain and exercise your mental muscles…

Spark Your Brain


Adding exercise to your lifestyle sparks your brain function to improve learning on three levels:

First, it improves your mind’s alertness, attention,  mood, and motivation.

Second, it prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information.

Third, it spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus.

Intro to Upper Class Culture, Part 4: Tennis

Alright, this is actually something I really enjoy. I think it’s good exercise, it works your brain, it’s competitive and exhilarating and find it very odd that it is such a snob sport. There are certainly public tennis courts to use, and the equipment is very simple and can be very cheap, so it seems like it would appeal to the masses, but alas, it remains the snob sport that it is.

History: Tennis can trace its origins back to 12th century northern France. The first known tennis player was Louis X of France. We know he was a tennis player because one day, after a particularly exhausting round of tennis, Louis drank an enormous amount of chilled wine and subsequently caught pneumonia (or was poisoned) and then died. So, due to accounts of his death, he survives as history’s first tennis player.

After that, Tennis became a sport of royalty. Henry VIII was a huge fan and had indoor tennis courts in his castle. The version of tennis they played is known today as “real tennis” or “royal tennis” and is different than the form most people are more familiar with which is technically called “lawn tennis” or just simply, tennis. “Lawn tennis” was developed by Harry Gem and his friend Augurio Perera, two British men, and soon after popularized greatly by Major Wingfield, a British army officer. Within roughly 30 years Wimbledon, the US Open, French Open and Australian Open were established and today remain the four most prestigious events in tennis. Together they are known as the Major or the Slams.

Basics: I could really write an entire book on how to play tennis, but that’s not what these posts are aimed at doing, so I’m going to give you the basics. Teams are either played 1 vs 1 or 2 vs  2 on a rectangular court with a net in the middle. Each player is armed with a stringed racquet that has equal weight distribution and a flat netted surface. Each side rallies the ball back and forth to each other with a maximum of one bounce on their side before they must rally the ball back over the net to the other side; if they fail to complete this, the other side gets a point. A game of tennis starts a score of 0 or “love”. Essentially one side has to score 4 times, but the points are 15, then 30, then 40 and finally game point. Why is it done this way? Well “love” comes from the French word  “l'oeuf” which means egg, which is what a 0 is shaped like. Then, for the rest, they used a clock face to keep score, using the 4 quadrants, which would be 15, 30, 45 and then finally 60 would be the winning point, however, they use 40. They use 40, allegedly, because the idea of a deuce was involved. A player cannot win by just one point. If both players are sitting at 40 then the “clock” moves up by 10, to 50, and only if they score again, to 60. So, the 40 is supposed to represent a ticking time clock-or something. However, if a player fails to score twice in a row, the “clock” moves back to 40, another deuce. I probably didn’t explain that very well, so bottom line: you have to win by more than one point, and you have to score 4 times (unless a deuce occurs). Now, just because you win one game doesn’t make you the winner. All you have won is a single game. The goal is to win a match. So, the first person to win 6 games wins what’s called the set. Matches, which is the whole shebang, are usually played the best of 3 or best of 5 sets. And that pretty much covers the basics of tennis.

Vocabulary: For today’s vocabulary, I’m going to provide a link again. I already explained a lot of things that included the vocabulary I think is most important to know, but there are other words you might want to know so here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/owlv2hv

How to Dress to Play: So, here are some keywords I want you to keep in mind when picking an outfit for tennis: comfortable, classy, sporty, preppy. I’m going to include pictures again for some ideas again, but just keep those words in mind. Ladies, you don’t have to wear a skirt, generally. If you know where you’re going, call ahead and ask about a dress code, but most of the time skirts are not required. They are, however, tradition, and they look nice. You can wear them pretty short but just keep in mind you want to be careful not to flash anyone your undergarments. They sell skirts for tennis at many athletic stores, so when in doubt, buy one of those. For all of your clothes, try to buy clothes made of synthetic fibers for comfort and breathability. Anything that’s 100% cotton is going to make you sweat like a pig, so avoid those clothes, even if they look cute. Also, special note on shoes, a lot of places require you to wear shoes that won’t damage the court. I cannot stress enough that knowing the dress code ahead of time will really help you avoid any faux pas!

Etiquette: We’ll start with etiquette while playing. First, before you start playing, most people warm up. This is the time for easy rallying. Don’t be that person acting like it’s game time before you even begin. Second, during the game, be respectful of your partner, and don’t celebrate points. It’s show-offy and one point is pretty insignificant in the scheme of a match. As far as keeping track of the score, you should announce it clearly and loudly after each point the set score should be announced at the start of each game. Make you sure you’re both on the same page about the current score! And on that note, make sure you’re also on the same page about calls. If you aren’t sure, then the ball is in. If it was on their side of the court, you can’t call it. Trust that your partner is honest, and if you don’t, then you shouldn’t be playing with them anyway. Another note, make sure to keep extra balls nearby, nobody wants to stand around waiting for someone to find a ball. The pace of the game needs to be kept pretty quick, otherwise a match is going to take a ridiculous amount of time. Always maintain sportsmanlike conduct, and keep things light and fun!

Now for the etiquette while spectating. Like golf, tennis is a more refined sport to watch. This isn’t the time to heckle the other players or start chants. Between points, it is important spectators remain silent. If you have to talk, keep it to a whisper. Also, refrain from moving, as this will be distracting to the players. If you need to get food or use the restroom or leave for any reason, wait until the ball is dead or between sets. It’s perfectly natural to clap and cheer for point or set wins, but don’t get too rowdy and remember that tennis is fairly fast paced, so when the game is resumed it’s time to be silent again. These aren’t usually rowdy events, and especially if you’re with someone you’re trying to impress, don’t get crazy. On the note of sound, keep your phones either turned all the way off or on silent. Sitting there texting is rude, but if you absolutely have to, make sure your phone makes no noise. As far as fashion goes, smart casual is the designated look. Bottom line, keep it classy, don’t distract the players, and be on your best behavior while still having fun!

Now, I want to take a minute to explain why tennis is considered a snob sport, and why I’m including it in this list. When tennis was first invented and really until fairly recently, there were no public courts or places to play tennis. Courts were privately owned by wealthy families for their own personal use. It was considered a leisurely sport of the British upper class and it’s steeped in tradition and etiquette. I’m only able to scratch the surface with these articles, but honestly there’s so much more to tennis than I could ever put into a tumblr post. I don’t know anyone who comes from money that doesn’t at least occasionally play tennis. People often use it as a leisure time to exercise as well as discuss things like business, much like golf! So, as someone looking to move up in the world, it’s good for you to know and learn these sports so you can participate in them as well. It’s a great way to make connections, network, and break through that glass ceiling.

I hope you enjoyed this segment, and again if you have an idea for a segment you’d like to submit, feel free to message me!!

Study Tips

(1) Review your notes from class as soon as possible; this way the information learnt is still fresh in your head.

(2) Read the class notes or the textbook right beforehand, so you know what to expect and so that you can ask your professor any questions that you may have.

(3) Write down summary notes with key definitions highlighted; these will be handy if you don’t have time to read your full set of notes.

(4) Eat high-energy foods and engage in quick exercises to keep your brain and body stimulated during study time.

(5) Listen to your body! If you find yourself so tired that you can barely think straight, then taking a short nap will refresh your mind and brain, so that you can wake up and get back on track effectively.

Source: ‘Surviving University as a Mother’ by Sumaira Zaheer (link: http://proms.ly/20ggpSq)

Why Exercising Is Great For Your Brain, No Matter How Old You Are

The growth of new brain cells is enhanced under the influence of a specific protein called BDNF. There is no drug that will increase BDNF, but animal research has long recognized that aerobic exercise causes a robust increase in BDNF levels, which increases both the growth of new cells in the hippocampus and boosts memory.

But while animal research has long confirmed the relationship between aerobic exercise and the growth of new brain cells, this relationship has been only recently demonstrated in humans.


Trans* Ally Workbook: Getting Pronouns Right & What It Teaches Us About Gender

“Do you want to be a good ally to the trans* community (or to a particular trans* person in your life), but find yourself struggling to use the right pronouns? It’s the most basic way to demonstrate respect for trans* people, yet so many well-meaning allies struggle to get it right.

Trans* Ally Workbook: Getting Pronouns Right and What it Teaches Us About Gender is an accessible, nuanced, and thorough guide that will help you transform your good intentions into respectful actions. It includes fun and meaningful exercises to retrain your brain so that you can consistently and easily call people the pronouns they want to be called. Along the way, you’ll gain valuable insight into how you think about gender.”

I got to do the design for this booklet! It’s written by Davey Shlasko, and has illustrations by Kai Hofius. Get a copy in print or pdf form here: 


Hello and welcome to the homestucklinguists blog! 

I should first explain a bit what is even the point of it. 

Languages are a beautiful thing. There are various reasons why people learn languages. Maybe you need it to widen your options, maybe you are considering moving to the country for college or something, or maybe you just love languages! Either way, learning a language is an excellent opportunity and a marvelous experience. You can profit a lot from learning a language. You can make friends, you can travel easier, you exercise your brain… there are only good sides!

Now, why exactly Homestuck linguists?

See, being a language lover myself (a lazy one however), I have been wanting to pick up on some languages lately. Spent hours searching for decently organized grammar on google, spent a few more hours going through the material etc… and so on. That’s the basics of the language.


To fully learn a language, and to learn it fast, the most important factor is… to speak it. To converse in it. To talk, no matter how bad you are. Practice makes everything perfect.

Now, not everyone lives in the country where is spoken language they’d like to learn. Not everyone can storm down to the street and start a chit-chat with locals. But hey, that’s why we got the internet!

I googled various conversing sites, but then I realized- hey. What if we have nothing to talk about.

Initiating a converstation can be quite hard, we all have to agree. So of course, it’d be easier if you had at least SOME starting point. And besides, connecting the fandom is always a great thing! Working on projects together, finding out new great things and so on! Fans can be quite powerful and strike some positive changes.

That’s why this blog is here.


- the larch


Dr. Dean Ornish: Your genes are not your fate

Dr. Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase. And new findings show that a healthier lifestyle can turn off disease-provoking genes and turn on the good ones.

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ADHD Adults and Exercise

ADHD doesn’t only affect children. Adults can have this condition, too.

ADHD can make it hard for adults to pay attention, control their emotions, and finish tasks.

Just like kids, adults with ADHD are often given stimulant drugs or other medications to control symptoms. They may also have therapy sessions to help get organized and stay focused.

One ADHD treatment that doesn’t require a prescription or a visit to a therapist’s office is exercise. Research is finding that getting regular fitness can improve thinking ability, and it may improve the symptoms of adult ADHD.

Exercise and the Brain

Exercise isn’t just good for shedding fat and toning muscles. It can help keep thebrain in better shape, too.

When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called neurotransmitters, including dopamine, which helps with attention and clear thinking. People with ADHD often have less dopamine than usual in their brain.

The stimulant medicines that are often used to treat adult ADHD work by increasing the amount of dopamine in the brain. So it makes sense that a workout can have many of the same effects as stimulant drugs. Because of these effects, some people with ADHD are able to lower their medication dose – or even stop taking medicines altogether.

Fitness can have the following benefits for adults with ADHD:

  • Ease stress and anxiety.
  • Improve impulse control and reduce compulsive behavior.
  • Enhance working memory.
  • Improve executive function. That’s the set of skills needed to plan, organize, and remember details.
  • Increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor. That’s a protein involved in learning and memory. It’s in short supply in people with ADHD.

More Reasons to Exercise

Beyond helping with ADHD symptoms, exercise has several other benefits. Getting regular workouts can help you:

  • Stay at a healthy weight. That’s important because evidence suggests that people with ADHD are more likely to become obese.
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
  • Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in a normal range.
  • Strengthen your bones.
  • Improve your mood and self-esteem.

How Often Should You Exercise?

Health experts recommend that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week. That works out to about 30 minutes of fitness a day, five days a week.

If you’re doing more intense aerobic workouts – such as running or taking indoor cycling classes – you can get away with about 75 minutes of exercise a week.

It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do. For example, you can try running, biking, taking an aerobics class, or weight training. Do whatever kind of workout you love.

Try to vary your exercise routine. That way you won’t lose interest or focus halfway through your workouts. You can even change exercises mid-routine, for example by doing interval training. Run or cycle for 30 seconds, alternated with 30 seconds to a minute of weight lifting.

As long as you're sweating and your heart is pumping, you’re likely to see real, positive effects from exercise on your ADHD symptoms.

If you’re having trouble staying motivated, get a workout buddy. A friend can help keep you on track, making sure that you exercise on most days of the week. Your exercise buddy will hold you accountable, so you can’t bail out on your workouts.

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