Braintenance - Expanding Your Mental Skills, Adaptive Intelligence and Neuronal Plasticity.
Here is a simple type of exercise that you can do on a regular basis which increases your mental skills (a general term), adaptive intelligence (the ability to change your behavior and "thing outside of the box" when you are confronted with a changing environment or circumstances) and neuronal plasticity (the ability of neuronal brain cells to regenerate and re-purpose themselves to assume the functions that other cells had once performed).
This exercise was suggested by The Franklin Institute, and I believe it to be an excellent one.
A Brain Exercise You Can Do Right Now
This is an exercise that can strengthen neural connections and even create new ones.
Switch the hand you are using to control the computer mouse. Use the hand you normally do NOT use.
What do you notice?
Is it harder to be precise and accurate with your motions?
Do you feel like you did when you were first learning to tie your shoelaces?
If you are feeling uncomfortable and awkward don’t worry, your brain is learning a new skill.
Try other neural building and strengthening exercises with everyday movements. Use your opposite hand to brush your teeth, dial the phone or operate the TV remote.
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