Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Desert side of Pacific Northwest
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What R U Trying—Part 2: Hobby as Neurobics
HOBBY AS NEUROBIC EXERCISE
Got pocket-sized book for 2018 Christmas, called KEEP YOUR BRAIN ALIVE: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss & Increase Mental Fitness. Book says use all five senses in ways to build new or stronger connections in brain with an amazing graph showing how unusual experiences light up and build new areas of the brain.
On next to last page (long time getting through if few days practicing each suggestion), the “neurobic exercise” is titled Start a New Hobby. Authors mention: Fly fishing, archery, photography, woodworking, cooking; mastering new gadgets like computers and videos, musical instruments, windsurfing, snowboarding; learning to touch type if still hunting and pecking; building model cars or airplanes while wearing a patch over one eye.
Authors are men, so perhaps they’re not thinking of hobbies traditionally popular with women, such as some seen on previous HorseForum thread — gel painting, quilting, cross-stitch, decoupage. However, those seem to fit their book’s advice about using several senses and, I think, might be one reason women have previously lived longer and healthier lives than men.
It would be great if those who mentioned hobbies being tried in the earlier What Are You Trying thread, would post pictures of their projects here or tell us, since we again into winter activities, if those or new things are being tried this year. (I failed last summer in my plan to teach mule to drag travois; not much more successful at learning WordPress for new blog, see below.)
Therefore, again, am talking about my blog as I must make it my better-studied hobby in 2020 since want to encourage all again to take up yoga, which I’m sure falls into the category of good “new hobby” and Neurobic Exercise (includes 20 poses), which will then possibly lead to other healthier Blue Zone life-style habits.
My new favorite book THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, with author a very successful blogger, tells about her struggles ten years ago when she started blog. Says experts told her you must post every day, you must send blog link to other famous bloggers, you must write for publications. She did. All sounds like more work than I want to do. For now, will concentrate on figuring out how to find section on WP telling me if any real readers or just robot scam-type readers which ask me to link to their pages.
As said before, hope others will post with pictures about what they tried since last post or will try in 2020. I’ve never said before, but hear real yoga pros saying — “Namaste!”
Last edited by TaMMa89; 01-28-2020 at 06:44 AM.