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.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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