Improve Your Working Memory With This Great Brain Exercise – The most common type of memory problem is a decrease in working memory, or the mind’s ability to hold on to bits of information while we attend to other things. If this sounds familiar (for instance, if you’ve been having trouble remembering all the items you meant to buy at the grocery store) there is something you can do about it. Brain exercises can strengthen your working memory.
Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is your brain’s absolute ability to change and grow throughout life in response to its environment. Brain plasticity means you can intentionally change your brain for the better. Take full advantage of neuroplasticity by doing this simple brain exercise to improve your working memory.
Improve Your Working Memory With Brain Training Game:
Play the, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing a…” game. Here is how this brain exercise works:
Say, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing a…” and then name an item. Start at the letter A (apple, for example) and continue through the alphabet. Repeat all accumulated picnic items as you proceed (Apple, then Apple + Bicycle, then Apple + Bicycle + Carrots…etc.). By the time you get to the letter Z you will have 26 items to remember and repeat. Change the picnic items you name every time you practice. Play this brain game with others to make it more challenging. The more you do this exercise, the stronger your working memory can become. That is brain plasticity at work!
Why You Should Exercise Your Brain Every Day
Our brains are often thought of as computers. For the most part, this is a poor analogy. If you want your computer to learn something new you simply plug in some new software and within minutes it is installed and working (hopefully). The human brain takes quite a bit longer to learn and acquire skills. In most instances, the brain learns best through repeated experiences. It can take years of practice to learn a language or musical instrument. Make brain exercises like this one a part of your daily routine to see maximum improvement in your memory.
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