New Year’s resolutions are not for us. All those mirage promises of a slimmer body or smoke-free lungs no longer appeal after 55. Yet, we all desire to keep our brains active and there’s even a name for it: ‘Neurobics’.
Neurobics does for your brain what aerobics does for your body. Here’s how to whip your neurons into super-slinky shape.
Dr Lawrence Katz, professor of neurobiology at Duke University Medical School in Durham, North Carolina, says this special form of brain exercise will help us to stay young. Neurobics is based on doing routine activities in unexpected or unusual ways that engage the senses and put the mind on alert. It appears that if you use more senses when doing something, a bigger part of your brain will be involved in remembering the task or activity.
Here are some ways to keep your brain in shape:
- Get dressed with your eyes closed.
- Learn the braille numbers on an ATM number pad.
- Turn the icons on your computer desktop upside down.
- Repeat what you want to know or remember (say it out loud or write it down).
- Take a new route to work, the shopping mall, or your friend’s home.
If you want to enjoy some fiscal fitness, why not contact a Nedbank financial planner to see if your financial workout is holding you together. Pop into your nearest Nedbank or call 0860 555 111.