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Brain Boost – Opposing Arm Challenge (video)

Our Brain Boosts are fun and challenging. They get your brain working, helping it to become more flexible and versatile. 


What else can you do to challenge your brain everyday?

Novelty is a key principle of brain fitness.  When we are doing the same things all the time, we start to operate on autopilot. Our brains don't really have to wake up or pay so much attention. 

However, when we do something new, our brains have to work that little bit harder to be alert and cope with the new inputs. 

We don't have to start learning Japanese or totally overhaul our lives though. Small, everyday novelties all add up to keeping our brains sharp. For example, you could...

  • Talk to new people
  • Read a different newspaper/ Watch a different TV news programme
  • Eat foods you wouldn't normally eat, try new foods, eat foods at the 'wrong' time of the day
  • Take a new route home from somewhere you go regularly
  • Learn something new (eg. a new recipe, craft or computing skill)
  • Do the crossword if you normally do the Sudoku (or vice versa), read a murder-mystery if you normally read autobiographies

The opportunities are endless, and I promise you will feel more alert by just adding a bit more novelty into your day!

Get more videos like this... 

If you like this video, you will love the Studio from Vida Wellness. 

As a Studio member, you get access to many more Brain Boosts in the easy-to-use Video Library.

You also get to watch the Power up your Brain series (in the Knowledge Zone!). In these episodes, I share all the research on brain fitness - to help you stay sharp and alert today, AND improve your brain health in the long term. 

Here's what one of our Studio members said about the Power up your Brain video series: 

"I am astounded by how much is in The Knowledge Zone.  What a wonderful "value added" aspect of membership in the Studio this is!!  This Power up your Brain video was awesomely informative!  All these videos are really, really important information and I am taking it all to heart as I focus much more on brain health in 2020, with your help!" (Helena, Studio member since 2019)


    Written by Claudine Aherne - Specialist Exercise Instructor, Vida Wellness