5 Easy Brain Exercises to Flex Your Most Important Organ

Thankfully, you can flex your brain even if you’re limited on time. Here are five brain exercises that even the busiest of people can fit into their day-to-day:

  • Step away from the cookbook: If you rely on recipes to whip up your favorite dishes, try to remember the main ingredients and steps so you don’t need that cookbook next time. Bonus: Your supermarket shopping trips will be much more efficient.
  • Take a different route to work: This forces your brain to process new surroundings, making you more alert and committing new information – such as turns, street names and buildings – to memory.
  • Take notes by hand: At your next meeting, ditch the laptop and put old-fashioned pen to paper instead. The act of jotting down notes rather than typing them helps you retain the information more effectively.
  • Go for a brisk walk: Plenty of research shows that physical activity has a positive effect on cognitive function, so dust off those sneakers and step outside. Leave the headphones at home and, instead, try to soak in the sights, sounds and smells of your surroundings during your walk; they all stimulate different parts of your brain.
  • Play a quick brain game: There are lots of free online brain games that challenge various aspects of brain function, from processing speed and reaction time to problem solving and concentration. Next time you’re having lunch at your desk, spend 10 minutes on a brain game instead of checking your Facebook newsfeed. (All those friend updates will still be there later, I promise.)

Remember: Just like physical exercise, you have to perform these brain exercises with regularity and make sure you’re challenging yourself. There are no short cuts!

Mind your health,

Dr. Keith Black



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