Tips to Exercise and Improve your Brain

A strong memory depends on the health and vitality of your brain. The brain’s fitness depends on how often it is utilised and every time you do something new or different, you create new neural pathways that helps boost your memory.

Here are some tips to work out your brain:

Memorise Phone Numbers – Mobile phones remember every number that calls them so no one memorizes phone numbers any more, but it is a great memory skill. Learn a new phone number every day and increase the sharpness of your brain

Go a Different Route – Drive or walk a different way to your destination. This deviation in routine helps the brain practice spacial memory and directions

Pick a Book – Read a book on an entirely new subject. Read a novel set in ancient Nigeria; Learn about economics or poetry. There are many good non-fiction books that entertain you while teaching about a subject

Use Your Opposite Hand – Spend the day doing things with your non-dominant hand. If you are left-handed, open doors with your right hand. If you are right-handed, try using your keys with your left. This simple task will cause your brain to lay down some new pathways and rethink daily tasks

Use a Mental List – Writing a list is good, but we can become too reliant on them. Make your shopping list, but then try to shop without it. Cross check, only when you have put every item you can think of in your cart. Do the same with your “to do” lists

Solve a Problem – Pretend you are starting a business and think about how you would solve a problem. What would you sell and to whom would you sell it? Who are your competitors and how would you beat them? Give your brain something to chew on

Observation Games – Pick a specific thing to observe on a new day. You may decide to pay attention to what shoes people are wearing one day. Everywhere you go, and on TV, note how people dress and think about why certain people dress the way they do. Give your brain something to think about

Close Your Eyes – Try a safe activity, like eating or showering, with your eyes closed. That forces you to use and strengthen your other senses. Most of what your brain does is process what your senses are bringing in. So, closing your eyes forces the brain to process that information in new ways

Let the Music Play – Learn to play a musical instrument. Studies show that learning something new and complex over a longer period of time is an ideal brain exercise

Do Maths in your Head – Figure out problems without the aid of pencil, paper, or computer; you can make this more difficult — and athletic — by walking at the same time

For more advice and help, feel free to ask a Doctor via The Reliance Care App.

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