May 28, 2011

Here's a brain fitness exercise that I keep trying . . . and failing. How about you?

In the  May 27 post below I note the research showing that we can challenge our brains and even build new brain cells by doing simple coordination exercises that basically involve using different movements with different parts of the body.  I also mention that I have great difficulty trying to do these exercises on the healthy aging and balancing DVD that I have (and cite).

So I decided the thing to do was to write down the instructions for just one of these exercises and keep practicing it until I master it. Well, I keep practicing it and I've yet to master it.

Here's the instructions:

  1. While seated, put your feet together in front of you.
  2. Keep your heels grounded and move the front of both feet first to the left and then to the right -- like your feet were a windshield wiper.
  3. Now raise both hands and point the index fingers upward and rotate them in a circle while continuing the windshield-wiping feet.
Sounds simple doesn't it?  Try it.

If you find it easy to do, I don't need to hear back from you.(grin).


Jonathan said...

Keep working on it. You'll get it! In the meantime, try this one: tap your head repeatedly with your right hand, while rubbing your stomach in a circular motion with the left hand. After about ten seconds, switch -- tapping your head with your left hand and rubbing your stomach with the right. Switch again. Did you succeed?

Adele R said...

I tried the feet-and-fingers exercise and got it after just a little practice (I'm 78). However, while I was doing it, my grandson walked in on me and thought I had wigged out! I think he was about to call 911. We're still snickering about it. Thanks for the fun!

John Schappi said...

Thanks, Jonathan.  Nice to find a coordination exercise that I can actually do!

John Schappi said...

LOL.  I close the door to my den when I try some of my crazier stunts.