How often do you challenge your brain?
Did you know that as we grow older, it’s just as important to exercise our brains as it is to exercise our bodies. Google it. It’s true.
As we age, our cognitive abilities start to decline.
The key is to challenge yourself mentally to boost your memory and build more gray matter over time. When you present your mind with a challenging activity, you light up more pathways in your brain. You create new neural connections that help keep your mind youthful.- Thrive Global – 5 Ways to Challenge Your Mind and Stay Youthful.
Admittedly, I don’t challenge my mind as much as I should.
One thing I do to “exercise” my brain is to watch educational programming and try to remember everything I’ve learned. It helps to share what I’ve learned with others, like my husband. I’m always telling him about documentaries I’ve watched.
I must be doing something right because I tend to do very well with Jeopardy questions.
Other activities you can do to challenge your brain are puzzles, crossword puzzles, word searches, Rubik’s Cube, playing games with others, card games (such as Solitaire), and taking a class or two.
I recently received to review two interesting books from USA Today. Both books really challenge your brain in a fun way.
I received the following books.
The USA TODAY Jumbo Puzzle Book Superchallenge 3 is an eclectic mix of brain games, including puzzles such as crossword, logic, Sudoku, and more. This hefty edition features twice the number of puzzles as most books and for just a few dollars extra. This book features 200 all-new, original logic puzzles that will flex the brain, challenge assumptions, and entertain for hours. This collection is all about variety—including mind-stretching puzzles, such as Battleships and Domino Search, and beloved story puzzles that are certain to exercise your brain and boost your IQ.
WOW. First and foremost, this book is big (thick). In total there are over 400+ pages, because thankfully, the book provides all the answers in the back of the book. I’m grateful for the answers because a few of the pages I’ve tried so far, I was not sure if I was doing them correctly or not. It’s the “story-like” puzzles that I had trouble with initially, but I think I “got it” now (hopefully!).
The word search puzzles are different. Instead of just looking for a singe word, you’ll be ask to find multiple things. For example, “Three colors that start with B.” Another example is “Three Large Mexican Cities.” Inside the puzzle you’ll find all the things you need to find. Surprisingly, the puzzles themselves are not that big (meaning there are not a lot of letters), so finding the answers shouldn’t be that hard. There is also a box you can check off as you find what you are looking for, so you know when you’ve found them all.
I like the crossword puzzles, but some of them are rather hard. At least I found them difficult. Others might find them easier.
I also received to review USA Today’s USA TODAY Logic Super Challenge 3 book.
USA TODAY Logic Super Challenge 3 features all-new original logic puzzles that will flex the brain, challenge assumptions, and entertain for hours. This collection is all about variety—including mind-stretching puzzles such as Battleships and Domino Search, and beloved story puzzles that are certain to exercise your brain and boost your IQ. Grab a pencil and begin strengthening your puzzle-solving skills with USA TODAY Logic Super Challenge 3.
This book is also thick (350+ pages), but many of the pages are the answers found in the back of the book.
This book is entirely the logic “story” puzzles. WOW! Are they challenging. I’ve only done a few and so far I have not been entirely successful. Thank goodness for the answer pages, which point out where I went wrong.
My brain is really getting a great workout with this book. Both books actually.
Books are great to have because you can take them with you where ever you go (work, traveling, hanging out at home in your backyard, camping…). All you need is one of these books (or both) and something to write with (I would recommend a pencil for the story puzzles).
Both books are available from Andrew McMeel Publishing. They are linked in their titles (bolded). They can be purchased at places such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, Bam!, and Indibound.
Do you do things to “exercise” your brain? What things do you do? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received both books free to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.