Exercises aren’t just about what we do physically. It’s also important we also exercise the Brain.
Most of us live our lives in a series of fixed routines. It simplifies life and it lets us perform complex tasks with little mental effort. These routines are run by our subconscious and require very little brain energy and consequently they provide the brain with very little stimulation.
The experts agree that for an activity to stimulate your brain enough to exercise it, it must meet two criteria. The activity must be both new and complex. Activities that are new and complex are good brain exercises.
Just as the body benefits from doing a variety of physical exercises such as aerobics, strength training and stretching, so does the mind benefit from doing various kinds of brain exercises too.
Here are a few simple exercises that will stretch your grey matter:
If you are right-handed, try using your left hand to do things like brushing your teeth, eating and using your computer mouse. Using your non-dominant hand results in increased brain activity. This can be very hard at first, which is why it gives your brain a good workout.
Eat with Chopsticks
This will force you to eat mindfully, which is good for your brain, digestion and calorie consumption. If you’re already good at this, use your non-dominant hand instead.
Do chores with eyes closed
When taking a shower, washing your hair, or sorting laundry, try doing it with your eyes closed. This will force your brain to use new neural pathways. Obviously, don’t do anything with your eyes closed that could put you or others in danger.
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