Increasing Your IQ with Simple Changes
Building your IQ can be as simple as staying in school. It has been shown, that the more schooling a person has, the higher their IQ is. However, returning to school isn’t practical for everyone. Thankfully returning to class isn’t the only option available. In general, any new activity that you learn will increase your score. As you learn new skills, you are forcing your brain to solve problems, which increases your knowledge base. Below are a few simple tasks one can do to increase your IQ score.
- Learn to Play an Instrument. If you don’t already know how to play an instrument, learning how can increase your score by as much as 7 points. However, once you learn to play you must continue or the points gained are lost over time. Practicing musicians, regardless of what age they were when they started playing, continue to post higher IQ scores into their later years.
- Break your Routine. Keeping your routine the same every day is a good way to lose IQ points. Once a behavior becomes routine, you brain no longer has to think about what to do next. Take a different route to work in the morning. Go to a different grocery store than normal. If you only read nonfiction books, try a fiction or fantasy novel instead. Try writing with your opposite hand for a day. These small changes keep your brain focused on a normally routine task.
- Write It Down. Start a journal, write poems, short stories or start a novel. If you struggle with writing things down, start simple with a journal. Nobody needs to read the journal, so you don’t have to worry about proper sentence structure or whether the plot flows from one chapter to the next. It is your own personal record of whatever you want it to be. You can just record the events of the day or write down random thoughts. Journaling works best if you actually write with a pen on paper, but using a computer can also help increase your score.
- Read. People who read a book every week tend to have higher IQ scores than those who don’t read as much. Reading also has the added benefit of sparking your imagination. Books can create a world of complete fantasy which causes your brain to think outside of reality. Choose different styles of books, so that you get a variety of topics to explore.
- Exercise Your Body Too. We all know that exercise is good for your muscles, but did you also know that it’s good for your brain as well? Your brain benefits from exercise by receiving an increase in the blood and oxygen flow. Your brain uses glucose, which is carried by blood, as food. After moderate exercise, your brain is flooded with oxygen and glucose, which means it’s ready to work. There have been many studies that show increased test scores for logical thinking tasks and verbal comprehension after regular sustained exercise lasting more than 30 minutes per day.
There is no quick fix to increase your IQ score, but with simple life changes you can add points to your score. As with everything else in life, make sure you get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet and exercise your body and brain regularly to maximize your IQ.