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A Month Worth of Brain Training Exercises

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Just like our abs and arms, our brain also needs exercise to stay sharp. Ideally, you want to engage in challenging activities that help strengthen brain function and mental skills. While the verdict on online brain-training exercises is still pending, almost any suggestion about improving your brain’s health will do some good.

Join the GR8NESS team and community as we try to include these training exercises designed to sharpen your mind, improve your memory, and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Save this article to your GR8 profile and come back to it every day to make sure you’re following the latest exercise.

1. Test Your Recall

Make a grocery list and memorize it. An hour later, see how many items you can recall.

2. Play Some Music

Listen to a new song and try to memorize the lyrics. Certain sounds help us relax, try listening to those too.

3. Do Math in Your Head

Try to calculate the percentage of something, without using a calculator.

4. Cook a New Recipe

Cooking engages several senses, which involve different parts of the brain. Check out our GR8 healthy recipes if you need inspiration.

5. Learn a new Language

Try a 10-min session of a new language to prevent the risk of cognitive decline.

6. Work Pictures

Visualize the spelling of a word in your head, then think of any other words that begin (or end) with the same letters.

7. Memory Map

Draw a map of a new area you recently visited. Repeat this with every new location.

8. Challenge Your Taste Buds

Try to identify individual ingredients in your meal, be very detailed, including herbs and spices.

9. Hand-eye Abilities

Try a new hobby that improves your fine-motor skills, such as drawing, painting, or knitting.

10. Get Active

Try a new athletic exercise such as yoga, tennis, or golf to engage both mind and body. If you’re unsure how to start, our fitness section can help you get started.

11. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Repeat something you heard today. Do your best to write down precisely the same phrase tomorrow.

12. Sudoku Puzzle

Find a somewhat challenging puzzle and see how long it takes you to complete. A traditional puzzle may also be helpful.

13. Turn Your Watch

Set your watch upside down, this forces you to think and become more aware every time you glance at it.

14. Try Chopsticks

Eat your lunch with chopsticks today to help tune your fine-motor skills.

15. Switch Hands

Try using your non-dominant hand to do daily activities like brushing your teeth or eating.

16. Crosswords

Find one online or in your local newspaper. Challenge yourself to finish under a certain amount of time.

17. Read Aloud

Grab your favorite book and read aloud. You’ll be shocked to notice the difference.

18. Try a New Commute

During your commute, your brain is on autopilot. Try to find an alternative route to activate your mind.

19. Memorize a Phone Number

Try to memorize your family’s phone numbers instead of reaching for your contacts list on your phone.

20. Learn Chess

Do your best to learn this fantastic game. Anything with strategy is food for your brain health.

21. Mirror Writing

Try mastering the art of writing backward. It makes your brain work harder as it’s trying to break down a learned behavior.

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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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