Neurobics: Brain Training Activities


If you want to grow larger biceps and improve arm strength, you might trying exercises that specifically target that portion of the arm (curls, pull-ups, barbell rows). But what if you want to strengthen and improve brain function, like memory and attention specifically? There are specific, science based practices that can accomplish this. They are called Neurobics, a term coined by Dr. Lawrence Katz.

Specifically, neurobics helps create new neural pathways in the brain by using sensory information (sight, smell, sound, touch, taste) in unique or novel ways. The practices are designed to break everyday routines and use specific neural pathways that don’t get much focused activity on a daily basis.  

Here are a variety of Neurobic exercises that help build and strengthen new neural connections:

Neurobic Practices

Close your eyes while showering.

Eat a meal with your family in silence. Use only visual cues.

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.

Take a completely new route to work. 

Shop at a farmer’s market instead of a supermarket or a new supermarket.     

Completely rearrange your workplace or home desktop or table or kitchen surfaces for a day.

Do an art project (like painting) left handed. 

Buy some new fragrances for the house. 

Listen to Baroque era music. 

Read challenging material and read out loud. 

Eat new or unfamiliar foods.

Obviously, you don’t need to do every one of these practices. But it’s a good idea to switch things up a bit in your life. Try to break free from the repetitive, mundane daily activities and stimulate your brain in new ways. Practices like these will help you develop greater focus, attention, memory and keep your brain healthy and strong!

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