Top 100 Memory Exercises (pg 4)

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61.  Exercise Your Structuralization Ability
Structuralization involves building a logical whole from disparate elements after close observation of the elements. The following exercises will strengthen this ability.

Take a sentence from a magazine or newspaper. (This is a logical whole.) Try to make another sentence using the same words.

Buy a jigsaw puzzle and practice fitting the pieces together as quickly as possible. Note the time it takes you to do this. Do it again a week later and note the time it takes to do it.
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62.  Exercise Your Logic Abilities
Logic is the art of reasoning--finding an orderly sequence for disparate elements. The following exercises/activities will awaken the inherently logical being inside of you.

Don't use a list when shopping. Instead, invent a system to take the place of the list. Use memory aids, such as forming a complete word, or one that can be completed by adding a certain vowel or consonant from the first letters of the words for the things you need to buy. Or, you can classify foods into raw and cooked. Or, use any other system that works for you.

All games involve logical activities. Card games such as pinochle and bridge or board games of strategy such as chess or checkers are good choices. So are crossword puzzles anagrams, and other word games.

Avoid playing the same games all the time. Chess players might switch to GoTM or OthelloTM, while bridge players might play whist or hearts. Playing the same game all the time leads to routine, which is the opposite of activation. The same cerebral circuits and neuronal regions are constantly used and everything else remains unused.

Find new games and interests. Explore activities that are completely new to you and find new partners for old--and new--games and activities.
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63.  Exercise Your Visuospatial Abilities
Visuospatial abilities are related to the ability to make quick and accurate estimates of distances, areas, and volumes -- the general proportions of things and their distribution in space. Try the following:

When you walk into a room with a group of people in it, try to quickly determine how many are on your right and your left, as well as the left-right distribution of furniture and other objects.

Observe objects--pens, for instance--and try to estimate their length and thickness.

When you have visited somewhere and then return home, try to draw a plan or map of the place you have seen. Repeat this exercise the next day and the day after.
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64.  Remembering Your PIN

This is a good memory exercise to try because you can choose you own PIN. It also works for any short number with only a few digits; for example, a security code.

Firstly, pick a number that is personally significant to you, but no one else could guess. It could be the date you shot a hole-in-one on the golf course 14 March - which you could write as 1403. In most cases that association may be enough to remember your PIN.

Just to make sure, create a powerful image to link the card with your chosen PIN. For example, imagine yourself buying a new set of golf clubs using a giant credit card with the number 1403', written across it.

Remember that the strength of this memory exercise lies in finding a number and image that means something to YOU.
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65.  Remembering Phone Numbers
You may find that you want to remember a longer number, such as a phone number. Once again, the key to this memory exercise is to find something that is memorable to you.

Let's say that your dentist has the following 8 digit phone number that you want to remember: 65494327.

The first step is to break it down into groups of numbers that will be easier to remember. Four digits is good for each group. The number given above would then break down into 6549 4328.

The second step is to replace each of these two numbers with a short sentence or phrase related to the dentist in some way.

To do this, replace each digit of each number with a word which has the same number of letters. That is, the digit 6' would be replaced with a word with 6 letters.

For example, you could write the first part of the Dentist's phone number as "Repair Teeth Soon Dentistry!", and the second part as "Sore Gum No Pleasure!"

So there you have it 2 memory exercises you can use straight away to improve your memory skills. Remember, the more fun you have with this, the more enjoyable your practice will be and the faster your memory will improve!
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66.  Improve Your Vocabulary
Every day, you should try to learn a new word. actually has an email list where they send out a new word each day. Quiz yourself at the end of each week to see how many of these words you know the meaning of. Continuing your education is one of the most effective brain exercises for improving your memory.
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67.  Try To Shop Without a List

One reason our memory fades over time is because we don't challenge our mind. Everything is too easy. Try going to the store without a shopping list. Your goal is to figure out a way to remember everything you need without writing it down. Break it down into categories (meats, canned goods, etc) or use memory aids to recall your list. See how many of the items you can remember to get.
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68.  Connect to a Word or Image Cue
The next step to improving memory is to make the experience relevant to you through the use of mnemonics--that is, by creating an image or word cue to refer to when you want to recall the memory. Explains Arden, “The more relevant the cue is to you, the more able you will be to remember it. As a fitness professional, you may be very aware of people’s posture, physique or style of movement. Perhaps the new student, whose name is Bill, has a fluid way of moving that reminds you of a dance instructor you knew in college named Bill. Maybe his name is Greg and you notice he has a strong grip, so you link ‘Greg-grip.’ If his name is Joe and his body language is relaxed, you may remember, ‘Joe goes with the flow.’ Or his name is Steve and he wears sweats that remind you of your favorite pair, so you link that image and the comfortable feeling of your sweats with the name ‘Steve.’”

The more rich and multidimensional your mental connection or image is, the stronger the memory will be. For example, if you want to remember that a personal training client has two kids, loves to ski and has a knee injury, you may create an image of her wearing a giant knee bandage as she skis with her kids down your favorite slope. “If you exaggerate the image, you’re more likely to remember it,” says Arden.
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69.  Yoga Technique 1
There's a yoga technique for developing photographic memory by exercising memory concentration. Legend tells of old yogi masters who could recite their entire historic volumes from their heads! One of their sacred techniques for photographic memory is the "Candle Technique."

This memory exercise forces you to concentrate on your visual cortex strengthening your visual photographic memory pathway. To start, place a candle in front of you in a dark room. Sit comfortably in one spot and stare at the candle for 1 minute. Do not let your eyes drift. Then close and cover your eyes. You will see a bright after image of the flame still. For 2 minutes try to keep your attention on the flame image and force it to stay in the center of your vision without moving. Then open your eyes and let it go. This photographic memory exercise forces you develop visual concentration which is critical to getting a better memory.
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70.  Yoga Technique 2
Another powerful memory yoga memory technique is used to recapture a lost memory. This time, first think about what you wanted to remember. Then close your eyes and imagine a candle flame as vividly as you can, and again keep it stable in your mind’s eye. After concentrating intensely for 15-30 seconds then let the image go and leave your mind blank and see if what you wanted to remember pops into your head. If not, repeat.
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71) Study Cram Cell Phone "Dial Memory"™ Trick
An easy memory trick for numbers is our cell phone technique. To start, look at the alphanumeric keys on your cell phone. Ignore the vowels. Represent 1 with a phone booth and 0 with the image of an operator. Combine letters with any vowels to create imaginary words or memorable images from the consonants e.g. 1492 becomes the mental image of a phone booth with a hawk (h-A-w-c) perched on it - a visual example. To remember 1776 the US declaration of independence could translate to a phone booth with the auditory hook "s-A-r-O-n" .

72.  Memory Exercises For The Body
Based on the various studies, everyone seems to agree that physical exercise directly influences our memory. If you are reluctant to do it, be aware that you don’t necessarily need to have hi-tech equipment, wear fancy or tight apparel, join a select club, or buy an expensive membership in order to exercise.

What you need is to have fun. If you don’t have fun, you will stop doing it.

Just be creative. Anything that makes you move is okay!

In addition to improving your memory, physical exercise brings highly appreciated benefits:

It perks up your health, including heart, blood pressure, lung capacity, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments, etc.
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73.  Breathing Techniques As Memory Exercises
Since our lung function is also instrumental in keeping our memory in good shape, I am presenting here a few breathing techniques to develop your lung capacity. Choose a couple of them and practice them as memory exercises on a regular basis.

The 3 deep breaths: every time I start a hypnosis session, directly or through a recording, I ask my patients to “take a nice deep breath with me”; then a second and a third one. This method is one of the best ways to start relaxing. Try it for yourself.

Tense and relax: if you want to involve the whole body, inhale, tense your whole body, and exhale while relaxing the body. Do it three times.

One in, three out: this quick technique consists of inhaling once slowly through your nose, then exhaling quickly three times thought your mouth.

Triangle breathing: the triangle breathing, also explained in my article Meditation Tips, is as follows: inhale for a count of 7, hold your breath for a count of 7, and breathe out for a count of 7. You can increase or decrease the count, but make sure all three parts are of the same duration.

Listen to your breath: if you want to rapidly still your mind, listen to your breath. Calmly say “eeeeee” on the inhale, and “aaaaa” on the exhale.

Sighing and yawning: even if it seems simplistic, sighing and yawning are great ways to breathe deeply and to relax. Do it right now!
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74.  Memory Exercises for the Soul

According to studies at the universities of Massachusetts, Western Ontario, Maharishi International, Harvard and Maryland, people – including seniors - who meditate for three months experience dramatic improvements in their psychological well-being, compared to their non-meditative peers. Someone once said that prayer is when you talk to God, and meditation is when God talks to you.

Meditation appears to increase the activity of the brain’s pineal gland, the source of melatonin, an antioxidant hormone that regulates sleep and may slow down the aging process. So why not try meditating to feed your soul. If you need a bit of help with meditation, reading. Meditation Tips would be a good start.Another way to exercise your soul is to read something inspirational each day. Feeding your soul withempowering material will continuously expand and free up your potential, and keep you moving forward.

A few years ago, I wrote “When the Going Gets Tough,” a collection of inspiring thoughts dedicated to Pete, my boyfriend at the time. I am now making this e-book available to you, hoping you will be inspired by at least some of the quotes. Download your free PDF copy of When the Going Gets Tough. Please note that you will need Adobe Reader in order to open the file.
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75.  Acronym
This is a technique that is usually used by students for memorizing and recalling lengthy and difficult definitions and formulas. Cutting a lengthy sentence into a much easy to remember acronym can make it easy to remember that piece of information. You can also use mnemonic techniques (using rhymes, song, and alliteration) to memorize things.
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76. Associate
Association is a great memory improvement technique. If you want to memorize a piece of information, and then associate it with anything that you feel is relevant. Association helps in timely and accurate recollection.
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77.  Recite Loudly

When you learn some new piece of information, try reciting it aloud so that you can memorize the information quickly and store it in your brain. Reciting it aloud for about 3-5 times will help remembering things better.
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78.  Memorize A Paragraph Each Day
Get a book you love to read, and memorize a paragraph (a 2-3 line paragraph should do) daily. Spend about 10 minutes memorizing the paragraph, and recite the paragraph verbatim at least 3 times during the day. If you get stuck refer back to the paragraph. Repeat the process until you can recite the whole paragraph without making mistakes. Do this daily, and you would be flexing your memory muscles.
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79.  Memorize Interesting Names And Places

Read through a magazine or newspaper, and memorize all the names that interest you. When you are done reading, close the magazine and try to recall all the names you memorized. If you don't get it right at first, keep trying, with time you would improve.
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80.  Join An Acting / Drama Class

Actors work mostly with scripts, and a play could be totally ruined if just one actor forgets his lines. To perfect their act, actors need to do a lot of memorizing, and consequently, they develop their memory power. If you have a flare for the theater and are greatly motivated by team spirit, then this might just be the perfect exercise for you.
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