You can adapt many of the preceding strategies to commuting by bus, train, or even on foot. If you walk to work, take a few different turns. Or get off the bus before or after your usual stop and walk the rest of the way. Take a scent canister and your Walkman and try Exercise #7 on your walk.
On a train or bus, close your eyes and use other cues, such as the speed of the train or bus, or turns in the road, the sound of brakes, or people getting on and off, to visualize where you are and what it looks like outside.
Interact with people around you.
•Take a still or video camera, or a small sketch pad. There's a whole world outside the window to record when you're leaving the driving to others.
• Read something completely different from your normal commuting fare. Choose a magazine you've never heard of from a newsstand. Read the newspaper classifieds and imagine whatyou might do with one ofthe opportunities you see.
Most of us spend about half our waking hours at work.
It's also the place where we most fear an obvious loss of cognitive abilities. Our jobs can consume a lot of brain power, but most of that is directed toward specific tasks— generating the next report, fixing a spreadsheet—that don't normally use your brain's associative potential.
While you're busy at work, you don't need logic puzzles or other traditional mental "exercises"
use Neurobics to give yourself "brain breaks" that stretch and flex your mind throughout the workday.
We'll use the example of a deskjob and look for the Neuro-bic opportunities that don't disrupt work efforts or ethics. You may have to tailor these exercises to suit your own work situation.
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