By Adelaide Women's Physio | June 15, 2018
What is Neurobics?
Neurobics is a new scientific term referring to the selection of tasks that stimulate the brain’s biochemistry. This stimulation has been shown to activate new pathways within and between neural tissue of brain centres. Brain circuits are thereby strengthened or maintained with specific mental exercises that provide mental challenges.
Promoting mental agility and flexibility in everyday life is now accepted as being vital in reducing age-related mental decline, along with lowering rates of Alzheimer’s disease.
Our brain needs to be nurtured and stimulated daily with a task that has a mental challenge added to our regular daily activities. The task you choose requires doing something a little different to what you habitually do each day. Therefore neurobics can be done anytime and anywhere in your day’s activities. These brain exercises allow you to be creative and you can use sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, proprioception, emotions and feelings. It does not matter whether you are at home, at work or at leisure.
Some examples to get you thinking are:
Select clothes to wear based on touch versus colour.
Write a short sentence or draw a picture using your other hand.
Brush your hair or teeth using your non-dominant hand.
Take up a new hobby that requires several senses and no routine thinking.
Change your usual walking path and mentally note differences that you see.
Travel to a different shop, market, pharmacy, butcher or bakery. Challenge yourself by selecting something different to what you would normally buy and learn about what you have chosen.
Cook a different food to what you would normally eat or select something different for breakfast or lunch. Use your senses in these new experiences.
Choose a different park to sit in, close your eyes and sense what is around you by listening, smelling and feeling the experience. Take that experience with you and recall it later in the day.
Arriving home at the front door with keys in hand, close your eyes and proceed to unlock the door and step inside.
As you can see these exercises are very different to doing a crossword, word puzzles or Sudoku, which have become routine mental activities for many people. Because of the routine nature of these logic puzzles there occurs less brain stimulation when compared with new creative tasks.
It’s time to take up the challenge and create brain training tasks that are fun and so good for you.