10 Easy Exercises That'll Keep Your Mind Sharp


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How to Keep Your Mind Sharp. As you get older, your forgetfulness can worsen as gray matter deteriorates in your brain and your mind loses focus. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to keep your brain young for as long as you can. Your brain is like a muscle, and it needs training to stay strong.
Try using your non-dominant hand, doing chores with your eyes closed, playing with spare change, using mnemonic devices and eating brain food. Practice these techniques every day, and you’ll stay mentally sharp at any age.

How to use your non-dominant hand. 1:05
Close your eyes when doing chores. 2:27
How to mix up your routine. 3:28
How to try a new perspective. 4:18
Play with spare change. 5:13
How to diversify your palate. 6:00
Read out loud. 7:24
How to use mnemonic devices. 8:36
Eat brain food. 9:46
How to be a social butterfly. 10:44
Bonus: Use all of your senses simultaneously. 12:04


-Most of us are wired to use one or the other for daily tasks. But mixing it up will activate the weaker half. The left hemisphere of your brain controls the right side of your body, while the right hemisphere controls your left side.
-Take a closed-eye shower or move from room to room without looking. Rely on your sense of touch and spatial awareness; they’ll send signals to your brain that activate areas you might not use as frequently as you do your sight receptors.
-Challenge your brain to adapt to a new way of doing things so that you do them consciously, using more brainpower. For example, try showering before breakfast or feed your kitty as soon as you wake up.
-When we look at common objects in a different way, it forces our brains to reinterpret the signals it receives from our eyes. Try looking at common objects upside down or backwards.
-Pick up and play with coins or small objects when you have a spare moment. Here’s a fun one: put different-sized coins in a cup and keep it in your car. Whenever you’re sitting at a red light, put your hand in the cup and feel the coins.
-When you try an unfamiliar dish, you’re opening yourself to a host of new experiences. You’ll have to awaken new sensory receptors, opening up untrodden neural pathways in your brain.
-Not only does reading aloud really immerse you in the story, it’ll also require your brain to work extra hard to put yourself in the space of the characters. Not to mention, you’ll pick up more from what you read, making it an effective technique for studying.
-“My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas” is the go-to mnemonic device for remembering the order of the planets in our solar system. “Every Good Boy Does Fine” helps us remember the Treble clef notes on the lines E, G, B, D, and F.
-Your brain needs a steady supply of vitamins and fats for optimal operation. Foods known to increase brain power include walnuts, coconut oil, turmeric, blueberries, eggs, broccoli, and avocado.
-If you get out and socialize, it can really enhance your cognitive ability. Rather than using the self-checkout or a vending machine, try having a short conversation with a salesperson, even if you’re just making small talk.
-Complex exercises that require multiple sensory inputs include traveling, gardening, DIY projects, actively taking notes during a meeting, cooking, and child care make you use all your senses at the same time.

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