Neurobics – Brain stimulation techniques to keep the mind sharp

Neurobics are scientifically based brain exercises that produce natural growth factors called neurotrophins in our brains. Neurotrophins help improve brain performance by activating and building new circuits. Routine activities can become so automatic that they are largely done unconsciously and require little thought. Neurobics challenges us to break our routines and do things differently in ways that make us think. Neurobic exercises call on us to use our five physical senses and our emotional sense in unexpected ways to engage and build new brain pathways. 

 “Neurobics as developed by Dr.Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin is based upon solid scientific evidence that novel activities and exercises using all your senses can enhance the production of growth factors that strengthen synapses and improve mental fitness including memory.” Studies have shown that even small changes in daily patterns cause brain stimulation.  People with mental agility tend to have lower rates of Alzheimer's disease and age-related mental decline.                                

Neurobics can be done anywhere, anytime, in of fbeat, fun and easy ways. 

Examples of neurobics:
Try to include one or more of your senses in an everyday task:
Get dressed with your eyes closed 
Wash your hair with your eyes closed 
Share a meal and use only visual cues to communicate. No talking. 
Combine two senses: Listen to music and smell flowers 
Listen to the rain and tap your fingers 
Watch clouds and play with modeling clay at the same time

Break routines: Go to work on a new route 
Eat with your opposite hand Shop at new grocery store

Few more exercises to achieve a fit and flexible mind: 

  • Drive to work a different route  
  • Unlock the door with your eyes closed
  • Use your opposite hand to dial the phone or operate the TV remote

Research has suggested that using your left hand if you're right handed or your right if you're left handed more often, can help stimulate parts of the brain that you don't normally use.


 Useful links:

 * Examples of Neurobics 

 * Brain exercises

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