What are “Neurobics”?
Actually, the term neurobics is similar to aerobics. Aerobics are exercises your body takes part in, and they keep you strong, healthy and stay fit. By the same token, neurobics are exercises – a way to keep all parts fit and flexible.
Neurobics are mental exercises,that claim to enhance the brain’s performance, faster thinking, improved memory and mood, better vision and hearing, quicker reaction time, and a feeling of increased focus, motivation and productivity.
Here are some easy neurobic exercises to start with:
Write, don’t type
Typing useful information directly from the internet can be more easier then writing but you’ll learn more effectively if you write things out by hand as it will force the brain to physically engage with what you are doing.
Switch around your morning activities
Get well dressed after breakfast, walk the dog on a new route, or change your TV channels or news station.
Engage your emotions. Make your brain sit up and take notice! Step outside the box and do something unusual or surprising.
Engage your attention
To stand out from the background of everyday activities something has to be unusual, fun, surprising or evoke one of your basic emotions like happiness, love or anger. Go camping or bird watching or fishing or nature walking on the weekend. Take your child, spouse or parent to your work for the day.
Change your routine where or with whom you eat lunch. If the weather permits, eating outside instead of inside will automatically increase your sensory stimulation.
Break your routine activities
Break a routine activity in an unexpected, novel way.Take a completely new route to work. Shop at a farmer’s market instead of a supermarket. Completely rearrange your workplace or home desktop or table or kitchen surfaces for a day.
Beat the clock
As we get older, our ability to stay focused and think quickly can deteriorate. Timed activities force the brain to pay attention, work fast and work carefully. Try to complete a Sodoku or wordsearch in a certain amount of time, if you can do it gradually decrease that time.
Laugh a lot
Laughing activates the Ventra medial prefrontal cortex and other regions where dopamine is released. Dopamine plays an important role in cognition, learning, memory and attention.
Make a new connection with your nose
You probably don’t remember when you “learned” to associate the smell of coffee with the start of a day. However, by linking a new odor—say, vanilla, citrus, or peppermint—to an activity, you’ll alert new neural pathways. Keep an extract of your favorite scent near your bed for a week. Open it and inhale when you first wake up, and then again as you bathe and dress.
Open car windows
The hippocampus, an area of your brain that processes memories, is especially involved in associating odors, sounds, and sights to construct mental maps. Try to identify new smells and sounds on your route. Opening the windows provides these circuits with more raw material.