Exercise for Your Brain
- Name your colors Challenge your ability to stay focused: Quickly read out loud the color that each word is printed in—not the word itself. Try it repeatedly to see if you can improve.
- In just 7 words Test your creativity with this verbal challenge. Write a short story—and use only seven words to tell your tale. (Bonus: This will boost your Twitter and Facebook storytelling skills).
- Opposite day Build new connections between brain cells by putting your non-dominant hand into action. If you’re a rightie, use your left hand to perform daily tasks such as brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and eating. Even try to write with your other hand. Does using your non-dominant hand become any easier over the course of the day?
- Count backward Here’s a brain workout that will help keep your mind on track. Try these three exercises in simple subtraction:
1.Beginning at 200, count backward, subtracting 5 each time (200, 195, 190...).
2. Beginning at 150, count backward, subtracting 7 each time (150, 143, 136...).
3. Beginning at 100, count backward, subtracting 3 each time (100, 97, 94...).
- Rebus rally
Each of the word combinations below represents a common phrase. Can you figure out all 6? To get started, we’ll give you the first one: “Big bad wolf”. Can you see why?
Answers: Big bad wolf, slow down, read between the lines, eggs over easy, keep in touch, scotch on the rocksSource: prevention.com 1Developed as part of a brain-boosting lifestyle program called the Brainpower Game Plan by Cynthia Green, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and founder of its renowned Memory Enhancement Program.
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