How to improve reflexes

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Dec 16, 2014

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Good reflexes allow you to act quickly, bypassing the brain. There are many ways you can speed up reflexes. Here’s all that you need to do to improve your reflexes.
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    Training the Reflexes to Act Faster

    Most people think quick reflexes are important for games and sports, though every one must have good reflexes. We don’t give a thought to quickening reflexes or even how we make use of the reflexes a number of times every day. Because we all utilize our reflexes many times a day without knowing it, we must try to speed them up. Better reflexes can help you avoid a car accident or catch a falling glass. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Fast-paced Competitive Sport

    It will take effort and time to have fast reflexes. The best way to improve your reflexes is by taking up a fast-paced competitive sport that requires rapid physical movement. Not only will you improve reflexes, but also strength, endurance, agility and overall fitness. Two of the best sports that require quick reactions to other player’s movements are basketball and tennis. Apart from these two sports, you may go for other fast-paced activities. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Video Games

    There has been a lot of research on how video games can cause unhappiness and mental problems. Playing video or computer games for a few minutes per day can help in improving reflexes and bettering hand-eye coordination. These video games will require you to move quickly and involve active participation. The games which don’t require fast response wouldn’t be of much help in improving your reflexes. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Ball Games

    Throwing a small ball against a wall and trying to catch it is another way you can improve your reflexes. The activity builds up hand reflexes and enhances eye-hand coordination. With time, you may increase the intensity of the activity. The harder you throw the ball, the faster you will have to react to catch it. You may do the activity using a special type of ball called a reaction ball. A reaction ball bounces back in an unpredictable direction and you have to react fast to catch it. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Eat Fatty Foods

    It may sound that adding fatty foods to your diet can make you slow, but it actually is the other way round. According to Alan C. Logan, author of “The Brain Diet,” moderate consumption of fatty foods can increase mental awareness and reflexes. The author suggests foods such as salmon or lean meat. However, keep one thing in mind that high-fat foods should be eaten in moderation to avoid health problems. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Jump Rope

    Have you seen boxers who are always jumping rope when they are not boxing? There is a reason behind it – jumping rope improves reflexes. Jumping rope may seem like a simple activity, but it engages your reactionary reflexes. In a sport like boxing where your muscles must respond to quick and slow movement, the ‘jump rope’ workout keeps one ahead in the game. In the beginning, it is normal to encounter coordination problems that jumping rope requires. Don’t give up; you will master it with time. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Running

    Running has been touted for its many health benefits. One of the benefits of running is improved reflexes. You will be benefitted the most when you run through unfamiliar territory, such as the woods. It makes your brain assess all of your surroundings to avoid slips and falls, focusing on upcoming obstacles and uneven terrain. You shouldn’t run at regular pace but at a slow pace until your reflexes improve. You may pick speed  gradually while running through the woods. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Sleep

    Lack of sleep can affect health, and also the reflexes. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sleep helps you have quicker reflexes and perform on a higher level than you otherwise would. When you are sleepy or don’t take adequate sleep, your body and brain slow down and result in impaired reflex reactions. On the other hand, the reflexes are quick when you’re well-rested. Some sportspersons take a nap a few hours before they are to perform so that they are in better shape and mind to face the opponent. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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