Top 100 Memory Exercises (pg 3)

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41.  Playing with Words
Words offer countless opportunities to exercise the mind.
Language is complex and it is one of the most interesting tools for mental exercises there is. Consider some of the following activities to sharpen your mind:

• Rhyming

• Metricbeats

• Cross word puzzles

• Scrabble

• Word searches

• Etymology (word origins)

Performing a few of these mental exercises every day is like taking a daily walk. The activities are not too taxing, but they can yield excellent results.
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42.  Write Notes Regularly

It doesn’t matter whether you use the notes or not. The simple practice of writing engages the brain in more than one way. In addition to using the mind to remember details as you write, the mind is engaged in sending messages to the hands for fine motor writing skills.
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43.  Make Acronyms Routine
Create words that represent items, objects or things that you need to remember. For example, MAKE can stand for milk, apples, kitchen towels, and eggs.
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44.  Get Your Senses Involved in the Mental Processes
When you make a schedule, remember the smells, sights, textures, and sounds associated with each event. Engaging the imagination with sensory-related memories is a wonderful exercise.
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45.  Visualize
Some people are visual thinkers, and creating mental pictures is simple. Others have to work at it, making it a great rain exercise. This is a great way to make connections between objects and things you need to remember.
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46.  Practice Focus

Focus does not always happen naturally. Practice focusing on specific tasks without allowing yourself to be distracted.
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47.  Track
Thoughts backwards. Stop at a moment of thought and ask yourself how that thought popped into your mind. Trace back through the thought process remembering one thought after another.
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48.  Make Connections
A number of different ideas can be linked together. For example, you can remember which items to buy at the grocery store as you picture yourself cooking a meal.
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49.  Change Your Routine

Making small changes in routine can sharpen your faculties. Try driving a different route to work occasionally or have a late dinner. Little changes spark the conscious mind because you have to think about them deliberately.
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50.  Make Your Hobbies Harder

Do you already have a favorite pastime? From cooking to crossword puzzles, there are always things you can do to challenge yourself, pushing you outside your “comfort zone” by taking on something a bit more difficult than you’re used to. By putting higher demands on your brain, you will have to concentrate harder and put more effort into the activity at hand, re-engaging your brain’s learning ability.
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51.  Do a Jigsaw Puzzle
While they may seem mundane, jigsaw puzzles are actually great for your brain. Choose one that is on the difficult side – at least 500 pieces. Then, on a rainy afternoon or whenever the mood strikes, set out to conquer your puzzle. Jigsaw puzzles require fine visual judgments about where pieces belong and entail mentally “rotating” the pieces, manipulating them in your hands, and shifting your attention from the small piece to the “big picture.” Besides, it’s rewarding to see your puzzle become a whole work of art. Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
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52) Walk on a Rocky Road

Before you ask, “Huh?” let us explain. Scientists believe that walking on uneven surfaces like cobblestones improves the vestibular system of the inner ear, which plays a central role in balance and equilibrium. Walking on a rocky road challenges the vestibular system in ways that improve its function, which translates into better balance.
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53.  Visit a Museum

Enjoy art? Natural history, perhaps? Take a guided tour of a museum or other interesting spot in your area. Pay careful attention to what the museum guide says and when you get home, try to recall what you learned and write down everything you remember. Besides getting some cultural enrichment, this activity engages your brain’s ability to receive and remember information, helping to improve cognitive function.
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54.  Use Your Other Hand
Whether you’re right-handed or left-handed, you probably find yourself doing day to day activities such as eating and combing your hair with your dominant hand. But try mixing it up a bit. Brushing your teeth is a good place to start. Try brushing your teeth with your subordinate hand (so your left if you’re right-handed) and keep practicing until you master it. While you may find it difficult at first, practicing an activity such as this can drive your brain to make positive changes. Think of millions of neurons learning new tricks as you finally establish better control of that other hand!
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55.  Exercise Your Peripheral Vision
Yes, eyes can learn. Scientists have found that acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter in the peripheral nervous system, is crucial to focus and memory. By practicing peripheral vision exercises, you can reinvigorate the release of acetylcholine in your brain and improve your memory function.
To practice, try this exercise the next time you’re sitting some place outside of your house, such as a restaurant, a bench at the mall, or the local park. With a pen and paper handy, stare straight ahead for several seconds and don’t move your eyes. Mentally note everything you can see without moving your eyes. When you believe you’ve taken note of everything, take out your pen and paper and write down everything you saw. Then, try the exercise again and see if you can add to your list.
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56.  Memorize a Song

Think of a song you like but one that you don’t know the words to. Make it a point to buy the CD/MP3/etc if you don’t already have it and listen to it as many times as it takes to write down all the lyrics. Then sing along - (if you’ve got stage fright, feel free to do this part when no one’s around). Once you’re able to sing the song word for word without the recording playing in the background, move on to the next song!
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57.  Read a Book

For those that love books and read often then skip to the next exercise but for those of us who just watch TV or read newspapers then perhaps is now the time to pick up a good book of fiction. If you have trouble articulating phrases and explaining to people in-depth either something at work or just simple directions it may be that you are really “lost for words”. Reading will improve your knowledge of words and the ability to describe things in your daily life in more detail. If you have trouble writing and can only think of short one syllable words and need 10 words when really one descriptive one is required then a book is for you. Continue reading and reading and your brain will thank you for it.
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58.  Play Word Games
OK now you have words in your head you’ll need to use your brain to search for those words when you are presented with clues so your brain has to work, analyze the question and come up with an answer. Scrabble is the obvious game to play and there are online and computer alternatives especially with the Nintendo DS. For advanced readers have a go at the crosswords that are printed daily in newspapers and again online. For those not so comfortable with words we suggest not going for these as they can be tough and put people off reading and wanting to do more.
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59.  Play Memory Games

As the aim of this article is to improve your memory you can play simply games to remember things you have seen. We all remember the kids TV programs and with our parents where there was a tray of assorted objects and we had 30 seconds to remember what was there and write down the answers when taken away ? Well you can do this now at home and play with your own children.
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60.  Make It Rhyme With Something

At school we are taught all types of rhymes especially for the number of days in a month “30 days have September, April, June and November….” because of the rhyme we remember it. So for our date would could have a rhyme that “Knock on the door Jack was born on 1124″ – as in reality you don’t really need to know the exact year every time.
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