How to Improve Your Reflexes

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Improving your reflexes can help you perform better in sports, exercise and while executing daily tasks. Improved reflexes can also help to keep you safe in dangerous conditions and prevent injury.

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Take up a fast-paced competitive sport that requires rapid physical movement. For example, basketball and tennis require quick reactions to other players’ movements in order to compete in the game. As an added benefit, these sports can help you burn fat and build muscle while improving your reflexes.

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Bounce a tennis ball or racquetball against a wall, standing seven to eight feet away from the wall. Throw the ball against the wall and move to catch it before it hits the ground. As your reflexes improve, move closer to the wall and throw the ball harder. Public tennis courts with practice walls are an excellent place to do this activity, if you cannot do it at home.

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Add fatty foods to your diet. According to Alan C. Logan, author of “The Brain Diet,” eating fatty foods in moderation can help to increase mental awareness and reflexes as well as your response times. Logan suggests eating foods such as salmon or lobster tail or cuts of meat like filet mignon that have high fat content. Of course, high-fat foods should be eaten in moderation to avoid health problems.

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Play video or computer games a few minutes per day to improve your reflexes and increase hand-eye coordination. Try playing games that move quickly and involve active participation, and avoid slow-moving games that don’t require fast response times. Pinball machines can be found in arcades and bowling alleys, and they can help improve your reflexes and hand-eye coordination as well.

Tips

Take every opportunity to improve your peripheral vision. Focus straight ahead while identifying objects off to the left and right of your line of sight.

Warnings

Check with your health-care provider before beginning an exercise program for the first time or if you have been away from fitness programs for a while, or if you have any chronic health issues.

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