As we age, there will be certain limitations to our capacities. Thus, we have to exercise to maintain our strength and endurance. But more than our physical abilities, we also have to feed and exercise our minds.
Here are some of the most effective mind exercises to enhance and sharpen our thinking abilities.
Test your recall
There are a lot of ways to test one’s recall. You can do it by repeating in your mind what a person says. You can also read a sentence and repeat it without reading the sentence itself. Also, you can list anything you want from grocery items to things to do and memorize it. After an hour, check if you can still recall the items on the list.
Read upside down
Try reading a book upside down if you can still identify the words. This will allow you to focus on the letters and figure out if you can still read them. You can also try inverting your watch or your clock on the wall and check if you can still identify the time. You can also use your smartphone upside down and see if you can manipulate it as fast as it is positioned properly.
Music is a natural therapy for our ears, our minds, and our souls. Learn how to play musical instruments. You can also join choir or singing competitions. Learning music can be a great exercise for the brain.
Take new routes
Whenever you are biking, walking or riding a public transportation, take new routes. Check if you can still manage to arrive at your destination. Through this, you will be able to discover new landmarks and directions. It will also test how you can visualize a map in your brain.
Do math in your head
Forget about calculators, pencils, papers, and fingers, do mathematics in your head. You can ask your friends to conduct a mini-math quiz in which your friend will ask mathematical equations and you will answer manually. Check how many correct answers you get.
Learn new sport
Basically, sports need almost all of your senses. Sports is a good way to strengthen the coordination of your mind and your body. Playing sports can sharpen your thinking skills. You can also learn new sports such as golf, tennis, badminton, and football, among others.
Utilize all letters in the alphabet to name various things. You can think of animals that start from A-Z, or countries, names of people and other categories. This will push you to think more and will test your stock knowledge.
Puzzles are unbeatable with in terms of sharpening your thinking capacity. Now that we have smartphones, you can download games and applications of solving puzzles. But it is still recommendable to assemble an actual puzzle, the ones that you can hold the pieces. There are also other forms of puzzles such as crossword puzzle, Sudoku and word search, among others.
To have a sound mind, get away from stress. Also, always see to it that you take enough rest so that your brain can function efficiently.