Do you Train your Brain?

I walked down the hallway to the office at work the other day with plans to ask the secretary an important question. It was approximately 25 steps. By the time I got to my destination, I forgot the question. Snapping my fingers, I asked Mrs. S, “what was I going to ask you again? I completely lost it!”
I put my car keys in my winter boots, thinking I would have easy access on my way out the door and no searching for said keys after I packed my lunch. Fat chance. I was looking furiously on the shelf, in my coat pocket and in the kitchen where I just was for my car keys. I didn’t remember where I put them for “convenience” until I sank my foot in my boot and a sharp key pierced the bottom of my foot. Ohhhhh, duh.

What the heck is going on? Memory loss already? Young people please say this happens to you too some days and make me feel better. I have always been a bit discombobulated and scattered. When I’m stressed or pressed for time, even more so. Losing keys, weight training gloves, winter gloves, sunglasses, important papers and my engagement ring is my thang. I have noticed this haphazard way of life increase in the last two years or so. I spend a lot of time training my body to be fitter, but am I neglecting my brain? I still want to do one unassisted pull-up, but I also want to improve my questionable short-term memory.

Since early January, I have been playing games on Luminosity. I haven’t purchased the premium downloads, but I have access to various free games.

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These games focus on key areas to improve your brain:

  • Memory/recall
  • Multi-tasking
  • Problem-solving
  • Quick decision-making

I have read findings that say such games do nothing to improve your memory, but it’s worth a shot. Like I said, I’m not paying anything or losing anything, but might be gaining a better memory, so why not give it a try? The games are fun, and really do engage my thinking.

Match the word to the colour

This is one of my favourite games. Trying to get my little orange penguin to the fish before my opponent, the grey penguin in the maze. It may seem easy, but the maze flips and turns, so you really have to think about direction and quick decisions:

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Luminosity also has reminders to train your brain on the app. (Just so you don’t forget of course.) Perhaps as your memory improves, you won’t need the reminders.

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At the end of each training session, you get a some encouragement and positive feedback from Luminosity:

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I have heard from several doctors, one being the great and powerful Oz (not the Wizard guy) the other with the TV show, that being active and eating a diet rich in Omega-3 is essential for brain health. Since I have those areas covered, I will do what I can to challenge my brain.

A fit body is important to lead an active life, but so is a fit brain.

Do you think these games for the brain are effective?

Now, please excuse me while I look for something. “Andy! Can you call my cellphone again? I can’t find it!”

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14 thoughts on “Do you Train your Brain?

  1. Thanks for recommending these games – I agree with your post, we need to train our brain πŸ˜‰ Once I forgot the password when just starting a new shopping account. I just submitted the password on the shopping website not even less than a minute! That was my wake up call!

  2. Ha! So some “experts” don’t think these games are therapeutic? Of course they do!!! You know the saying . . . “you use it or lose . . . .” mmm, what was that again??? πŸ™‚

    It’s the only reason I don’t nag my hubby when he’s playing solitaire on the couch, because I want him to remember me when he’s old. Now if I could just remember where I put him . . . . πŸ™‚ Blessings my friend, great post.

    1. Haha! I haven’t loss my husband yet!
      Thanks very much, Ellie. I’m glad to see your opinion on these games. It’s been only a few weeks, but they do tax my brain. I especially love the memory enhancing ones.

  3. These were one of my goals on my vision board. Thanks for posting. Looking these up now. Trying to get people to play scrabble has been difficult though it’s more leisure. Also, just began taking fish oil gels today. GL

    1. You’re welcome. There are a few good apps. Another beside Luminosity I have is Brain Lab with different games for memory and alertness. I love Scrabble too. I’ve read fish oil is essential for brain function.

  4. I forget where I ‘misplaced’ things. I’m also not that good at remembering temporary numbers initially (pass codes etc) and I can’t recall names to save my life at times, so it happens to ‘younger people’. I can walk into a room and forget what I wanted from there! I do a lot of word searches on Searchpower app and list things. It helps. I’ll check out the lumosity app!

  5. I love Lumosity! I need to start doing it consistently again so I can get the full benefits of it. Thanks for sharing!

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