According to an article posted on the brain science website, SharpBrains.com, brain exercises can help increase your brain’s cognitive reserve.

Here are some simple practices that will allow you to keep the five senses of the brain – sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste – sharp.

  • Test your recall. Make a list of grocery items, things to do, or anything else you can think of and memorize it. An hour later, see how many items you can recall. Make items on the list as challenging as possible for the most significant mental stimulation.
  • Do math in your head. Figure out problems without the aid of a pencil, paper, or calculator. Try walking simultaneously to make it more difficult, and get some healthy motion in too!
  • Take a virtual cooking class. Learn to cook a new, healthy meal. Cooking uses a number of senses: smell, touch, sight, and taste, which all involve different parts of the brain.
  • Create word pictures. Visualize the spelling of a word in your head, then try and think of other words that begin (or end) with the same two letters.
  • Refine your hand-eye coordination. Take up a new hobby that involves fine-motor skills, such as knitting, drawing, painting, or assembling a puzzle.

These are just a few ways to keep your brain refreshed and in healthy.

Remember that healthy habits are rooted in the way you think, so strengthening your mental wellbeing plays a vital role in making your health journey a success, along with the other habits of health!

Reach out to me, your OPTAVIA Coach, if you want to practice these exercises together!

HOH Newsletter August Week 5


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