Having a clear and focused mind is important to taking great photos. Your brain requires adequate amounts of blood flow to carry oxygen and nutrients to properly feed it. If your brain doesn’t get the things it requires to function properly there is no question you will have cognitive issues resulting in brain fog, and your photography will suffer as a result.
Movement Promotes Blood Flow
So, how do you get enough blood flowing up to where it’s needed?
Movement, of course. Cardio exercise to be exact. Cardio gets your heartbeat going which promotes blood circulation throughout your body, and that naturally includes your noggin.
Any type of exercise you enjoy that raises your heart rate is great. It can be a brisk amble in the local park, a zumba class at the local gym, or a hike in the local hills. No matter what types of things you enjoy there will be something for you. If you can’t or don’t like to get out there are things you can do in your home. For example, the Nintendo Wii has many types of fun games like tennis or baseball that don’t feel like exercise but it will help you get the blood pumping.
Toxic Buildup in Our Bodies
Our bodies absorb toxins through the air we breathe, the chemicals we use and the foods and water we ingest. Toxic buildup adds to brain fog, forgetfulness and memory loss.
How can exercise help you rid your body of toxins that will reduce brain fog and let you take sharper pics?
Here are many ways exercise helps remove toxins from our bodies:
Sweating – when you exercise you want to put in enough effort to break a sweat. Sweating releases impurities in the body through sweat glands which help to rid your body of toxins.
Deep breathing – exercising helps you breathe deeper. When you inhale deeply you release built up toxins via your lungs.
Promotes bowel movements – exercise helps move waste through your system – taking those pesky toxins with them. The more exercise you do, the more bowel movements you’re likely to have, resulting in more waste being expelled from your body.
Exercise Your Brain
Your brain is a muscle and like any other muscle in your body – including your camera trigger finger – you must exercise it to keep it strong and healthy.
Stay sharp by playing games. Games that stimulate your brain, make you think and stretch your brain capacity will improve your memory and help reduce brain fog. Crossword puzzles are great. Mini maths session are easy – count backwards in different increments. For example, start at 250 and count backwards by 10s – 250, 240, 230 and so on. Increase the challenge level each time you correctly complete a series.
There are apps to help you increase brain function, like Lumosity, which are built on the idea of mini games and brain teasers to help keep your brain strong and alert.
If you need more inspiration for brain games check out your local library, book store or the internet.
As you can see, exercise is very important in battling mental decline and brain fog so get out there and do something – your photography will be so much the better for it.