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You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!

Close your eyes and try to imagine the taste of the following things. Once you get good at this, try to do it without visualizing an image of the item.

1. Broccoli
2. Chocolate Brownies
3. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
4. Milk and Cookies
5. Milk and Pickles
6. Rat

Does this exercise make you hungry? Studies show that just thinking about food can make your stomach think that it's about to get fed. This exercise helps builds the skill of your underused sense of taste.

Try making up your own items to repeat this exercise.

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Pick a song from this list and recite it out loud. Now, recite it again but skip every other word. Then skip every third word, and so on, until you can't do it any more. This exercise helps with your concentration and mental endurance.

1. Mary Had a Little Lamb
2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
3. The Alphabet Song

An example of skipping by two: Mary a lamb fleece white snow...

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Have you ever had the feeling that your mind is too cluttered to concentrate on a particular task? If so, this little exercise will help clear out your thoughts.

Get a pad of paper and start writing down everything that is on your mind. Include everything that you need to do, everything that is bothering you, everything that worries you, anything you regret, wishes, hopes, etc. Put it all down on the paper. Don't stop until you can't think of anything else. This has the effect of clearing out your mental closet. With a list of everything that you are thinking about, you'll be able to set priorities and make quicker decisions. This will free you up to think creatively about something that you were previously unable to tackle.

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For each of the following statements, come up with two plausible reasons why they are true. Now, come up with two plausible reasons why they are false.

1. Candy is bad for you.
2. In a tennis match, the taller player will win more often.
3. Global warming can be reversed.

You can repeat this exercise by using any subjective statement that you can find. This exercise will help you to see that many issues have different sides to them.

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As we go about our daily business, we are constantly making decisions based on guesses and estimates. This exercise will help improve your ability to make educated guesses about time.

When you are estimating each answer, try to pay attention to how you are solving the problem. Are you guessing the whole number or are you trying to calculate it based on smaller guesses? Avoid using a calculator or pen and paper until after you have made your guestimate.

1. How much time per year do you spend on the Internet?
2. How much time per month do you spend in a car?
3. How long would it take you to count to a million?
4. If you were a bird, how long would it take you to fly to the North Pole?
5. How long does it take to fill up your bathtub?

With practice, you will get better and making estimates by making quick approximations and simplification.

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