Train Your Brain: BambooCore Well-Being Challenge

Train Your Brain: Well-Being Practice

Challenge your brain for 10 minutes each day this week

“The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting.” – Plutarch

Simple instructions

  1. Train your brain. Complete at least 10 minutes of a brain exercise/game or mental challenge each day this week.
  2. You can choose a different activity each day.
  3. Brain exercises/games include: Sudoku, crossword puzzles, memory games, word search, language puzzles, logic games, brain teasers, mazes, jigsaw puzzles, Trivial PursuitScrabble and chess.
  4. Examples of mental challenges include: learning a language, playing a new song on an instrument, learning how to play an instrument, learning how to read music, drawing, painting, making pottery, learning a new dancing style, doing expressive or autobiographical writing, learning to play a new sport, taking a cooking class, sewing, knitting, crocheting, taking a course (online or in-person), learning photography or videography, learning to play chess, and playing Scrabble in another language.
  5. Popular brain training apps include Lumosity (which I use), BrainIQCogniFit Brain Fitness, Elevate and FitBrains.
  6. Top language learning softwares include DuoLingo, Babbel, TripLingo and Rosetta Stone.

Why is this practice important?

Train Your Brain: BambooCore Well-Being Challenge
Lumosity app for the iPhone. | Photo copyright: Jennifer Regan/BambooCore Fitness

Your brain has the potential to learn and grow as you age. The ability of the brain to change physically, functionally and chemically throughout life is called brain plasticity or neuroplasticity.

Daily practice improves cognitive function and slows mental atrophy. For your brain to change for the better, you have to train it on a regular basis. If you do not, your cognitive skills (the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention) will weaken.

If you train your brain every day, move often and eat well, you will improve your cognitive functioning with problem solving, concentration, memory recall, processing speed and attention to detail. Pretty cool, right?!

How do YOU train your brain?

I want to hear your thoughts and experiences.

  • How do YOU incorporate brain training exercises and mental challenges into your daily regimen? 
  • Is this a well-being practice that you will stick with after this week? Why or why not?

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Past well-being practices

Check out the Well-Being Practices archive of the BambooCore Blog, where you’ll find all of BambooCore’s past practices and challenges:

Author Details
Founder and CEO of BambooCore
Jennifer is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, MovNat Trainer, and a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle/Nutrition Coach. As the Founder and CEO of BambooCore Fitness, she delivers sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and movement strategies to people looking to improve their health and performance.

When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.
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Founder and CEO of BambooCore
Jennifer is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, MovNat Trainer, and a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle/Nutrition Coach. As the Founder and CEO of BambooCore Fitness, she delivers sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and movement strategies to people looking to improve their health and performance.

When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.

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