What are some of your favorite activities to support brain fitness? Perhaps you are learning to speak a foreign language or a new dance step. Sometimes just upgrading your cell phone or computer seems like an adventure into a new learning curve. Whether you like to read or do puzzles, research supports the fact that challenging your brain in a variety of areas is one of the keys to successful aging.
There are several other benefits. Not only can it relieve boredom, make you a more interesting person but it can enhance the quality of your days. Think of how it makes you feel when you master a new skill. It may not happen as quickly as you like but the accomplishment can help improve your self-confidence.
One of my friends started taking a class in knitting last winter since she was going to be a grandmother for the first time. She always felt like she was not very coordinated but several months later she was pleased that she made a baby blanket and is already making a sweater.
We have a tendency to stick with something we enjoy rather than try to do vary it from time to time. Consider something you do regularly and make it a little more challenging or teach someone else how to do it. Having to think through how to explain what you are doing requires some careful thinking of what to say since you are generally doing it on automatic pilot.
Saturday is challenge your brain day in the 7 day memory fitness program. Every Saturday for at least the next month or two, find a way to focus on ways to get out of your routine and challenge your brain.
Here are a few ideas to pick from. Write a different one on your calendar for each Saturday or modify these ideas to fit your routine. Try and do your activity sometime during the day and share your experience with someone else. Create your own ideas for future weeks.
1. Introduce yourself to some people you do not know.
2. Retell some new information you learned recently.
3. Do something with your other hand.
4. Try a new route when walking or driving.
“Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day.” Roger Von Oech