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How to Improve Your Reflexes

author image Christopher Godwin
Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."
How to Improve Your Reflexes
Man catching baseball

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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Step 1

Friends playing basketball
Friends playing basketball

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.

Step 2

Man hitting tennis ball
Man hitting tennis ball

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.

Step 3


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.

Step 4

Man playing video game
Man playing video game

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.

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