Perform a Mental Challenge, Puzzle, or Task Each Day This Week
- Complete 10 minutes of whatever type of mental challenge or brain exercise you like. It can be different each day.
- Some suggestions are crossword puzzles, sudoku, memorization challenges, logic puzzles, or a really challenging game with some decent science behind it like Dual N-Back.
- You do not need to be able to complete the puzzle you choose in 10 minutes in order to get credit for doing the practice.
Michael and Andy stopped total strangers on the street to talk to them about this challenge. Watch to find out the creative ways one woman uses to keep her brain healthy and active.
Why Is This Practice Important?
While the brain is not technically a muscle, it does need exercise to avoid going “soft.” Just like your body, your brain responds to challenges with new growth — growth in learning, ability, associations, and facility with different kinds of information.
Even if the link between puzzles and the brain is poorly understood, it is observed over and over that people who engage in puzzle solving can increase their mental quickness and even slow cognitive decline.
The brain is a fantastic organ — the most complex one we have. Just like mundane, repetitive daily movement can hinder your body’s growth and health, subjecting your brain to the same kind of mundane and repetitive activities day in and day out can result in a kind of mental atrophy. So this week you get a chance to get your brain to the gym and see what kind of weight you can lift!