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Reflexes are muscular reactions to nerve impulses. Some people have faster reflexes and reaction time than others. You can improve your reflexes by doing exercises specific to the reflex that you want to improve. For example, drummers who want to improve the speed of their finger and hand reflexes would practice hand and finger exercises. People who play a sport that involves running should do exercises that improve the reflexes in their feet, calves and knees. Your reaction time can become reflexive if you practice exercises designed to stimulate reflex responses.
A reflex is any rapid movement that occurs in response to a stimulus. A reflex happens so quickly that you complete the movement even before you realize you have moved. An example of a reflex is jerking your hand away from a hot flame. The movement is automatic to protect you from burning yourself. With practice, you can train your muscles to respond in a reflexive manner to stimulus and speed up the response time of automatic reflexes, such as automatically swinging a tennis racket at a return or automatically reaching to catch a fast ball as it whizzes past your head on the pitcher's mound.
Running through unfamiliar territory, such as the woods, is an effective way to improve all of your reflexes. Running through woods or in an area you are not familiar with forces your brain to constantly assess all of your surroundings to avoid slips and falls. You have to focus on upcoming obstacles and uneven terrain. Jog at a slow pace until your reflexes improve. Gradually jog faster until you can run through the woods, dodging obstructions quickly and safely. Running through unfamiliar woods can be dangerous, so use extreme caution.
Your peripheral vision is your ability to see things, or at least be aware of objects, to your left and right while looking straight ahead. Train your peripheral vision to improve your reflex action to objects and people approaching you from the side by focusing your eyes on a distant object. Keep your eyes on the object and then try to identify objects in your peripheral vision. Practice for a few minutes every day. As your vision improves, your automatic responses to objects and people approaching from the side out of your direct line of sight will improve.
You can improve your hand reflexes and your eye-hand coordination by throwing a small ball against a wall and trying to catch it. The harder you throw the ball, the faster you will have to react to catch it. You can also try a special type of ball called a вЂњreaction ball.вЂќ A reaction ball is usually 6-sided, so it bounces back in an unpredictable direction. You have to react fast to catch a reaction ball. Start by standing close to the wall and throwing the ball gently. As your reflexes improve, move farther away and throw the ball harder.