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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Time to get my brain in training!

Welcome to Natasha in Oz! Thanks for coming to visit me today in my little corner of the world Down Under!



Last night I received my Daily Tip from Dr Weil in my in-box and the subject of the email was "3 simple steps to preventing Alzeimhers." Since today is 3 or more Tuesday I thought I would share Dr Weil's 3 tips. 

Dr Weil suggests that if we want to be protected against age-related cognitive decline (scary language he uses!!) we should:

1. Get 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
2. Develop healthy habits like not smoking, drinking only in moderation, being social, managing stress and being more positive.
3. Keep an active mind by enjoying crossword puzzles, mind games and perhaps even taking some classes.


These are all simple ways we can save our brains and I love the idea that all of those games that I play online are actually good for me.

Here are 3 of my favorite games/sites.

1. Play with your mind.com - this site is full of brain games, mind exercises, eye-hand coordination games and so much more and it is free to register and play. They have so many games like


or


and


2. Have you got a Nintendo DS? If you don't have one, can you steal one from your son, daughter, grandchild or a next door neighbor?

If so then you can play Dr Kawashima's Brain training game!


This game features activities designed to help stimulate your brain; like solving simple math problems, counting people going in and out of a house simultaneously, drawing pictures on the touch screen and reading classic literature out loud.


The first time you play you take a series of tests and get a score that determines your brain age.


By using Brain Training for just 5 minutes a day I have already reduced my brain age! This game is fantastic!

3. I love the Good Housekeeping site-I go there daily but not just for recipes and decorating ideas. I also love their games! They have brain teasers, Mah jong, Sudoku and my favorite, Gridlock.


In this game you have to clear a path for the yellow car so it can move out of the driveway on the opposite side of the game area. Be warned though, once you get started it is hard to stop playing!

If you haven't got time to check out these sites why not have a quick game of sudoku! This is my favourite version that I play on my iphone. The App is free and the game is fantastic!


There's so many things we can do to get our brain fit and healthy!

Well, I am off to go and have a quick game of Gridlock!

Best wishes and happy brain-training, 
Natasha In Oz 

If you look at the anatomy, the structure, the function, there's nothing in the universe that's more beautiful, that's more complex, than the human brain.
Keith Black (quoted in Discover magazine, April, 2004)

18 comments:

  1. We could all use this! Thanks for an informative and fun post! I love games but have never learned the Sudoku trick--I'm more a word person than a math person--Im checking some of these out!

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  2. Oh Dear..why did I ever look at these :)

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  3. Thanks for the great tips! I'm on it! I am a huge Dr. Weil fan as well.

    Have a great day!

    Danielle

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  4. I told you Susan-it's totally addictive! I just keep telling myself that it's for my own health and well-being that I do these brain exercises!It's not for the fun of it at all....
    Best wishes, Natasha.

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  5. Great idea... easier said than done... Like, I know all those things.. but do I do them daily? No.. and when I'm old(er) am I going to sit around wishing that I had... or looking in the mirror and meeting a new friend every day!
    I'm really gonna try harder!
    Ahhhh what did I just say?
    ~Really Rainey~

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  6. Let's hope those word games I play are working! I'm liking your new mosaic banner too. Cheers x

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  7. Thanks so much for reminding me that I need to keep my brain active, my body healthy and that online magazines are an often unused blessing of the internet☺

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  8. My kids are going to sing your praises for the rest of their lives... If only I could get them to read English that is! This may be JUST the bribe I was looking for ;-) Yes you may use the computer if it is on NM's sites...! Well done you!

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  9. Nice tips! And than you so much for checking out my blog and thank you for the follow. Not sure if you caught my google issues post, but I am still unable to sign in to follow and blog. :( But I love to read and comment, so consider yourself followed! ;) Looking forward to blogging with you!

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  10. Love brain age for the DS... as for all the others I have to check them out... thanks for the links! This might pull me away from some of my favorite blogs :)

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  11. What a fun post today...love it.
    I like games but have never played them on a computer. I know they keep your mind sharper..I will try some of these. Thanks for the tip!!
    xo bj

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  12. Fun post! I play a solitaire game I have on the computer. I used to go to the aarp site and play their games, but then I got involved on blogging. This is making me wish I had more time on the computer. Maybe after I retire.....

    ~Linnea

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  13. So I guess blogging doesn't count as brain exercise??? I actually want a DS with those games, I know I am in my mid-20's wanting a game system, cheesy, but I think this evidence justifies this little wish!

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  14. Thanks for the links! I'll have to check them out!

    Manuela

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  15. You know this is such a great idea! I'm going to ask my kids to get me some brain games for my DS! Thanks for the idea!!! In the meantime, I'll check out those websites. Love the blog!

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  16. This is great ! Thanks so much...I am a big time Suduko addict...but have not tried any of the others apart from an occassional cross word !... great compliation Natasha...i will refer back here the next time i need a tip on how to unwind for sure...

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  17. This is a great post... I'm ok with two & three... but with 1.. I just cannot find the 30 mins a day to spend on physical activity.. I know.. I know... I'm making excuses... (but its true!!)

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