7 Quick Brain Exercises to Sharpen Your Mind

Train your brain with simple mind games that can strengthen brain cells, sharpen motor skills, and improve decision-making abilities.

7 Quick Brain Exercises to Sharpen Your Mind

Keep your memory sharp and train your brain with regular exercises that take only a few minutes each day to play. These exercises complement word games you might already enjoy like crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or strategy games like chess. Simple mind games can help stimulate different areas of your brain which in turn, strengthens your brain cells, sharpens motor skills, and improves decision-making abilities.

Name Two Objects That Start With Each Letter in Your First Name

If your name is Jane, you would need to name eight objects that start with the letter, "J." For example, you might come up with “jump rope” and “jacks” for the first letter and then repeat the same process for the remaining three letters. Write down your picks and see if you can avoid repeat words for as long as possible. Switch it up by naming words in different categories as well – anything from foods to towns.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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