Looking for a brain booster to improve your attention, problem-solving or memory? You have likely heard the phrase, “Use it or lose it!” in reference to your mental agility and memory. Let’s explore Alvero Fernandez’s second pillar of brain health: Mental Exercise.
What kind of mental exercise are you including in your life, and how do you know if it is really effective mental exercise? Doing the same kind of mental problem-solving every day, like crossword puzzles, is less stimulating to the brain than learning something new.
Fernandez notes, “‘Use it or lose it’ may be misleading if we think that ‘It’ is just one thing. The brain is composed of many different areas that focus on different things. Doing a crossword puzzle only activates a small part of the brain. The 3 key principles for good brain exercises are: novelty, variety and constant challenge. Not that different from cross-training our bodies.”
Go to sharpbrains.com to read more of Fernandez’s “Brain Exercise and Brain Health FAQ’s” and explore the Teasers tab to enjoy some fun mental exercise. You could also take a class to learn ballroom dancing or origami. Whatever you choose, have fun with mental exercise as another brain booster!