Keeping your brain active is no-brainer geezer goal. You can creatively boost your brain power by taking advantage of your normal, everyday activities.
Sandwich Making. Ya gotta eat. So why not turn an ordinary kitchen activity – making a sandwich – into a brain booster. Open your refrigerator. Scan for potential sandwich fillings. Sliced low salt meat, no-fat cheese, turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato. Scan for condiments. Sugar free ketchup, organic mustard, light mayo. Close the refrigerator and recall all the potential ingredients. Move to where you keep the bread. (That used to be a bread box, but those went out in the mid-20th century). Think about possible sandwich breads. 28 grain, fruit ‘n nut, 100-calorie English muffins.
Now it’s visualization time. How many sandwich combinations can you think of with the ingredients you’ve seen? Depending on how many combinations you can think of, you may not actually eat lunch until mid-afternoon but your brain will be well-fed.
Visiting Las Vegas.Sure, gambling is one reason to visit Vegas. But the thrill of betting doesn’t offer enough brain activity for the average senior.
To enhance your complex thinking skills, play craps. Think about the combinations of numbers on the dice, the over, the under, the line – lots of things for your brain to ruminate about. Be sure you bet every time someone throws so you can spend a little extra brain power counting money.
You’ll probably be losing your retirement funds in Vegas, but you’ll be adding to your brain health wealth. Maybe you can write the trip off as a medical necessity.
Stock Watching. Checking the prices of your stocks and mutual funds is a bit boring for you and your brain. Why not up the ante by making it a brain improvement activity?
Follow your stocks online. Multiply the price of each of your stocks by the number of shares you own throughout the day. Calculate how much money you are losing, or, if you get lucky, gaining. Doing this every 15 minutes is guaranteed to increase the blood flow to your brain. If the loss numbers get large enough, however, this activity can be detrimental to your heart.
Imaginative Sitting. Suppose you’re physically challenged. No reason a handicap should stop you from exercising your brain. Let’s say you’re confined to a wheelchair, recliner, or lounge chair.
Hold on to the sides, close your eyes, and visualize rolling your chair through your fantasies. Steer your chair through a baseball field and make that easy catch the damn outfielder from your home team dropped the last game. Roll into the office of that idiot boss you used to have and run him down. Spin into the White House and save Social Security. If you’re a female geezer, gyrate around the Chippendale stage and pinch the bottoms of those sexy dancers. A heightened imagination lifts your brain activity. Just don’t forget to open your eyes – eventually.
Novelty Sports. For games you’ve long played, your brain is on auto pilot. For your brain’s sake you’ve got to add some originality to your playing.
Do you play chess? Invent new moves for the pieces.
How about the knight moving in circles? Play tennis or baseball? If you’re a righty, swing lefty, or vice versa.
Play golf? Pick out some new golf duds. Start playing at the 18th hole and work backwards.
With these game changers, your brain will immediately come to life trying to figure out what’s going on. By the way, please notify the golf course groundskeeper if you’re playing backwards as some other golfer might be tempted to dent your brain with a golf club. This would detrimental to boosting your brain power.