Keep Your Brain Alive – Lawrence C. Katz

Here are my comments on the book:

When we use the word exercise, we usually think of strenuous activity on the body. However, when was the last time you thought of or have done exercises for the brain and why not? The brain is just as important, perhaps even more important, than the body. The brain is like a muscle in the sense that if you don’t use it, you “lose it”. Author Lawrence C. Katz, an ex neurobiology professor of Duke University, outlines various things you can do in your daily life to help keep your brain alive longer and more agile. Some of points taken away are:


1. The brain is programmed to look for new experiences. Through these experiences, we make better connections amongst the neurons in the brain. The human brain is evolutionarily primed to seek out and respond to what is unexpected or novel – new information coming in from the outside world that is different from what it expects. It’s what turns the brain on.


2. Try using your non-dominant hand for very basic and easy to do tasks to work out the other part of your brain.If you are right-handed, controlling a pen is normally the responsibility of the cortex on the left side of your brain. When you change to writing left-handed, the large network of connections, circuits, and brain areas involved in writing with your left hand, which are normally rarely used, are now activated on the right side of your brain. Suddenly your brain is confronted with a new task that’s engaging, challenging, and potentially frustrating.


3. Try using only one had to do certain tasks such as buttoning up a shirt or getting dressed. If you want to challenge yourself even more, use only your non-dominant hand.

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4. “Collect small objects like paper clips, fasteners, nails, or screws in a cup and during a break or while on the phone, identify them strictly by touch.


5. Gardening is a healthy activity for the brain.Whether it’s a rooftop flower garden in the middle of a city or a half-acre vegetable plot out in the country, gardening is a good example of a richly Neurobic exercise. Why? Because you use all your senses in the process: feeling the earth, smelling the fruits and plants, tasting sprigs of herbs. And your brain’s planning and spatial abilities are called into action as you decide which plants to put where, the direction of the sun, and how much water is needed. At the end there are potent rewards: fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables, flowers, or a beautiful yard.

By Ryan Lee


My rating:

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