Happy Tighten + Tone Tuesday! This week I'm so excited to share with you a 10 - Minute Brain Workout by special guest, Michelle Loch. Michelle visits us all the way from Brisbane, Australia where my little sister now lives! Check out her tips on how to exercise your brain and the benefits of doing so below. To learn more about Michelle, visit her on the web or connect with her through the links at the bottom of the page.
Brain Training – 10 Minutes a Day
- Find ways to learn about how your brain works. Having that knowledge helps you to control your brain, rather than it controlling you.
- Aim to engage in 10 mins of brain training at least three times a week (though every day is a great goal to aim for)
- Anytime you challenge yourself with anything new, you are, in essence, training your brain eg,
- Like physical exercise, choose activities that you enjoy
- Variety is the key. Investigate a number of exercises and create your own program that ensures different parts of your brain are being challenged each day.
- Plan your week’s 10 minute trainings in advance
Day 2: Have an ‘opposite day’. Build new neural connections by putting your non-dominant hand into action. Use it to perform daily tasks such as
- Brushing your teeth
- Combing hair
- Using your computer mouse
Day 4: Practice counting backward
- Begin at 200 and count backward by 5 eg, 200, 195, 190…
- Begin at 150 and count backward by 7 eg, 150, 143, 136…
- Begin at 100 and count backward by 3 eg, 100, 97, 94…
Activities to investigate for developing your own program:
Step 2: On the line below, write the numbers 1 – 20 eg, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7….19 20
Step 3: Stop the timer
Step 4: Repeat the exercise but instead alternate between the two lines, for example, write the letter ‘I’, then on the next line write the number ‘1’, then back to the first line write the letter ‘a’, then on the next line write the number 2 and so on. Time yourself doing the entire exercise.
Step 5: Compare the times.
Step 6: Repeat the exercise every second day to see if you improve.
- Google a day – agoogleaday.com
Michelle Loch is a qualified and experienced Coach, Facilitator and HR Consultant with over 20 years of experience. She has trained leaders and executives across a variety of industries including Professional Services, Retail, Public Administration, Technology, Engineering, Mining, Real Estate, Education, Construction, Not-for profit and Finance.
Do you work out your brain? Share your thoughts or some brain exercises you enjoy by posting a comment below: