Daily Archives: December 17, 2010

Brain Boosters-Anagrams, Anagrams, Anagrams

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Now, all my kids are officially finished with exams this semester. We can begin to make our holiday plans and enjoy our time together! But, now it’s time to take a break from shopping, baking, cooking, decorating and exercise your brain! Grab a cup of green tea, coffee,  or hot cocoa with some spiced or plain walnuts, almondsdark chocolate, dark chocolate covered almonds-yummy, apple slices with cinnamon, strawberries, or blueberries and let’s workout. Let’s try more anagrams with a holiday theme. Remember, anagrams are a great brain exercise and they target problem solving skills, reasoning skills, thought organization, thought flexibility, judgment, and executive function skills. Anagrams are fun for everyone-teens, baby boomers, seniors. Anagrams are a fun brain building anti-aging activity to boost those brain cells, help form new neural pathways, and build your cognitive reserve. Try these anagrams as a family activity or part of a family game night, compete against friends or office buddies and see who can find the most.  Enjoy, laugh, have fun-it’s good for all of us! Did you know that a  healthy heart helps us maintain a healthy mind and brain? Amazing, isn’t it?

Here are your anagrams. How many new words can be formed? Share your lists with us and let’s see who can generate the most words!


Did You Know That Yes You Can Improve Your Memory Using Breathing Techniques?

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Yes, you read that correctly! It is possible to improve your memory skills through use of certain breathing techniques. Most notably your spatial memory skills. After all, who doesn’t want improved memory skills? You may wonder what are spatial memory skills? Well, spatial memory skills enable us to keep track of things in our environment. Spatial memory skills help us remember where we put things we can and can’t see. Ever have trouble recalling where you left your car keys? Try these breathing exercises!

*First, sit upright with your head, neck, and spine in a straight line.

*The breathing sequence is: first-inhale through your left nostril while your right nostril is closed with your right thumb, second- hold your breath (both nostrils should be closed), third- exhale through the right nostril while the left nostril remains closed with the right ring and pinky fingers. Use a ratio of 2:8:4 counts/seconds.

*Now repeat the sequence breathing in through your right nostril first.

*After each nostril has completed an inhale and an exhale, you have completed one round. Begin with three rounds per day, and slowly build up to twenty rounds.

*Try to extend your count from 2:8:4 to 4:16:8!

Try this exercise for at least one week to enjoy and experience the benefits of this breathing technique. Let us know how you do and what benefits you reap!

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