5 Riddles That Will Test Your Mental Fitness

5 Riddles That Will Test Your Mental Fitness

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Both mental and physical activity is crucial to mental fitness (a.k.a brain health). Somewhat predictably, many of us – including Americans – do not engage in enough of either. (Perhaps we’ve substituted physical and mental activity for mindless stuff; the average American adult, for example, watches about 4.5 hours of television per day.)

But we may want to rethink how we use all our extra time. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia (Canada), regular aerobic exercise (e.g., jogging, running, HIIT, etc.) apparently increases the size of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Considering that exercise reduces inflammation, promotes insulin resistance, and stimulates the release of BDNF (which fosters brain cell production and protection), it’s hardly surprising that regular physical activity boosts brain power.

But “brain exercise” is just as important to a high-functioning brain as physical movement – if not more. As an added bonus, exercising your brain protects you against age-related cognitive decline. Additionally, certain brain activities are proven to:

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– Increase overall cognitive ability (‘I.Q.’)

– Improve short-term (working) memory

– Improve attention

– Reduce emotional reactivity

– Increase processing speed (the effective transferal of sensory information into actionable intelligence.)

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Riddles to test your mental fitness

“Your brain – every brain – is a work in progress. It is ‘plastic.’ From the day we’re born to the day we die, it continuously revises and remodels, improving or slowly declining, as a function of how we use it.” – Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., co-inventor of the cochlear implant and author of Soft-wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life

 What better way to sharpen your smarts than to do some fun brain teasers? Here are five to get you started! (Please find the answers at the end of the article.)

#1 Find the mitsake here (hint: make sure to look everywhere!):

 find the mitsake

#2 Look at the following three grids. Which number is missing?

 

#3 How many words can you create with the letters from the word RIDDLE plus one letter (of your choice)?

Example: ‘Drilled’ (the letters of ‘Riddle’, plus one ‘l’)

#4 What number is missing from this series?

2, 4, 16, ___

#5 Unscramble the following letters. The answer should reveal the surname of a famous artisan.

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