More Neurobic Exercises
The following are designed as simple brain exercises that
anyone can do, many of them without much time commitment. For
a definition of neurobic exercises, and more examples, see the
page "Neurobics." (this
page is really just a continuation). You'll also find guidelines
for inventing your own exercises there.
This one is not only fun, but good for stimulating creativity.
You simply turn the volume off on television and invent the dialog
based on what you see the characters doing. If you do this with
a friend you can each play various roles. Most shows become comedies
when doing this.
Read a New Magazine
Find a magazine you normally wouldn't choose, and read it
for a while. It should be a topic that you don't know much about.
If you normally read about money-related topics, you might pick
up a fishing magazine. As you read, relate what you are reading
and learning to what you already know. This is another good creativity
booster. It gets you out of your usual thinking patterns.
Shop in New Places
Try a new store when you go shopping. It could be a new grocery
store, just so you have to think to find your way around. It
could also be a different kind of store that you would normally
never visit (that would be a jewelry or clothing store for me).
More Involved Neurobic Exercises
Have a Half-Speed Day
Try this one on a day when you aren't going to work. The idea
is to move at half your normal speed (if you are normally slow,
you may want to try a double-speed day). This obviously requires
concentration. You will become much more aware of actions that
normally are mostly unconscious, such as brushing your teeth
or sitting down.
Learn Sign Language
Learning to talk with you hands definitely "involves
one or more of your senses in a new context" (one of the
rules of good neurobic exercises). If time is limited, you can
learn just the basics, like how to say hello, tell someone your
name, and spell out words. In larger cities, some deaf people
sell a small pamphlet that teaches these basics.
If you normally go to the city on the weekend, go camping
instead. If you are normally an outdoor person on weekends, take
a visit to the city for a change. In either case, find a way
to make it interesting for you.
Gardening, especially if you haven't been doing it regularly,
meets all three criteria for a good neurobic exercise (see the
page "Neurobics for the criteria). If you don't have the
space for a garden outdoors, you can start a small herb garden
For more neuobics and an explanation of these simple brain
exercises, visit the page, Neurobics.