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Will writing with your opposite hand strengthen your brain?

Yes, it will indeed!

This kind of activity is called Neurobics, which is essentially doing things you normally do but done differently. Like brushing your teeth with the other hand, taking a shower with your eyes closed, writing with the opposite hand, taking a different route to work, etc.

What happens in your brain while you’re doing this becomes a brain exercise because different, underused nerve pathways and connections get activated. This stimulates the growth of new brain cells and brain connections.

According to the website, to be a neurobic activity it must have one or more of the following:

1) Involve one or more of your senses in a novel context.
2) Engage your attention.
3) Break a routine activity in an unexpected, novel way


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49 thoughts on “Will writing with your opposite hand strengthen your brain?”

  1. In fact all these mental excercises are based on a big awareness involvement, and that the reason for the brain cells regeneration. In same way is the same principle than in meditation.

  2. Funny I was watching a TV program about this last night on the discovery channel. Its amazing the small amount of brain potential that we utilize. Seems we are always learning new “brain hacks” to gain more processing power!

    Seith G.
    .-= Seth Gordin´s last blog ..Lift and Tilt Table =-.

  3. I’ve read that this does work. I’ve also read recommendations to try brushing your teeth with your opposite hand etc to mix things up.
    Great post!

  4. Very good blog post that covers a very interesting study. I was born left handed, but hit the end of the public school era where they trained you to be right handed – maybe that’s why my studies shot ahead of other students when I was young. I’ve heard this before, but didn’t have any sources to back it up. Thanks for the links to help my study of this interesting topic!

  5. Neurobics don’t require paper and pen or isolating yourself with puzzles. Everyday life is the Neurobic Brain gym. They can be done anywhere, anytime in offbeat, fun and easy ways while you’re getting up, commuting, working, eating, shopping or relaxing.

  6. Taking a different route to work does another thing. It makes a person pay more attention to driving. When the drive to work becomes routine, you go into autopilot and spend more time day dreaming and thinking about other things than driving. When you have to think about where you are going you pay more attention to what is going on around you.

  7. I think that anytime you doing something differently or new, your brain is working or creating new memory of that task which is like exercising for the brain, so I think the task mentioned in the article will surely accomplished this.

  8. A good informative post that you have shared and appreciate your work for sharing the information. Got some interesting information and would like to give it a try. Appreciate your work and keep sharing your information.

  9. I have a neurobic tennis-related item that you might find intriguing called Two-racket Tennis. It’s an exciting way for people to challenge their brain (a form of “neurobic” exercise, if you will) and body as they play a more “balanced” form of tennis. In what follows, I have several links for you to peruse at your convenience along with some background information about the two-racket game.

    Two-racket Tennis:

    Two-racket Tennis Video Link:

    The two-racket game, unlike its one-racket counterpart, is truly a full-body workout as both sides of the body are utilized in a balanced way to play the game. Another valuable aspect of the two-racket game is less stress on the arm, now that you have two arms in play. With two-racket tennis you can play more often without wearing yourself out. Hence, you can burn off more calories per week and shed those excess pounds. It’s ideal for those tennis enthusiasts who would like to play more than 3 times per week with less risk of injury.

    Two-racket tennis can be played by anyone willing to give it a try. Two-racket tennis affords the player a number of practical benefits over that of conventional tennis:

    (1) Hitting with power from both sides.
    (2) Bigger wingspan: more easily reach those difficult shots.
    (3) Avoid backhand injuries.
    (4) Hand-eye coordination for both sides of the body.
    (5) Less back strain.
    (6) Less arm fatigue.
    (7) Greater flexibility.

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