Neurobics is a set of simple exercises that help improve memory, provide additional energy and increase our brain’s ability to perform any tasks at any age. Neurobics was invented by a writer Manning Rubin and a neurobiologist Lawrence Katz.
It was previously thought that neurons do not regrow. However, in 1998, a group of American scientists established that it is not dying nerve cells that cause age related cognitive decline. It is the loss of dendrites, short-branched extensions of nerve cells, through which the impulses go from one neuron to another. If not stimulate dendrites periodically, they will atrophy and lose their ability to conduct nerve impulses. Dendrites like muscles lose their ability to function without physical exertion. Nevertheless, research has shown that neurons are able to grow dendrites to compensate for the loss of the old ones. The results of these studies formed the basis for a new theory of the brain and neurobics development.
The main point of neurobics is that these exercises are aimed at a widespread use of all five human senses. Moreover, they are used in an unusual way, which helps the brain to create many new associative links between different types of information. When cognitive sensations are combined in unusual combinations, the human brain begins to produce neurotrophin. Neurotrophin induces the survival, development, and function of neurons, and causes almost twofold increase in the number of dendrites.
It is necessary to change the routine and patterned actions on new, unfamiliar to you. In other words, perform your usual actions in an unusual way to involve several senses at once. Below is a few examples of exercises that will stimulate your brain:
• Buttoning your shirt, brushing your teeth, typing on the keyboard, opening the door, use your non-dominant hand.
• Try to move around your house or apartment with your eyes closed.
• Do not be afraid to experiment with your looks and style. Thus, you may feel yourself in new ways and even start to think differently.
• Find new routes for walking, go to exhibitions and museums, or spend a weekend or a holiday in a new place.
• Change your home or office interior as often as possible, rearrange things, update your computer wallpaper several times a week, and try cooking new dishes.
• Try to find non-trivial answers to even the most banal questions like "How are you?" or "What 's new?". Fill your speech with new phrases, discard any stereotypes, invent and tell your friends new jokes.
The best point of neurobics is that you can practice it at any age, anytime and anywhere. Our brain needs new impressions for productive work. Neurobics alters the usual style of our life, enriching it with new experiences.