10 Ways to Work Out Your Brain in 5 Minutes or Less

(Editor’s note: This article is from a past issue of Brain World magazine. If you enjoy this article, please consider a print or digital subscription!)


Sometimes we have five minutes with nothing to do — you’re stuck in traffic, for example, or waiting at the doctor’s office. Why not make good use of that time and give your brain a little stretch?

Here are 10 great mini-workouts you can do in just five minutes or less. Give them a try — you might even come up with a few others on your own!

  1. Play a game on your cell phone for five minutes. (Not sure if you have a game on your phone? Borrow a teenager — they’ll either locate those games or they can download them for you for about 99 cents apiece.)
  2. Memorize three essential phone numbers that you don’t know by heart. (Really, by head — what does your heart have to do with it?)
  3. Go through five client or project files you haven’t used in a while and toss any papers you no longer need to hold on to.
  4. Learn a new song.
  5. Sit and just relax — for a whole five minutes!
  6. Call your sister, brother, or best friend for a five-minute catch-up.
  7. See how many different objects you can find in the clouds. (Don’t worry; you’ll remember how to do this once you get started!)
  8. Learn a recipe by heart.
  9. Doodle.
  10. Marvel at all the wonderful things your brain can do — take five minutes to list the
    miraculous achievements of your magnificent brain!

Dr. Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized expert in memory-fitness training and brain health, who recently collaborated with the editors of Prevention magazine on the book, “Brainpower Game Plan: Food, Moves, and Games to Clear Brain Fog, Boost Memory, and Age-Proof Your Mind in 4 Weeks.” For more information, visit totalbrainhealth.com.

(Editor’s note: This article is from a past issue of Brain World magazine. If you enjoy this article, please consider a print or digital subscription!)

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