When you can’t go outside to a play on a field or a court, there are several options you can do to stay active and stimulate your mind! There are many activities that you can engage in from the comfort of your own home. Activities such as board games, word puzzles and memory games involve skills that include hand-eye coordination, problem solving, and mental focus. Although most on our list aren’t considered sports, they all help athletes keep their focus and competitive edge.
The classic word building board game, Scrabble, is bound to get your mind moving. This game provides great mental stimulation as you must use random assortments of letters to come up with words. Scrabble promotes creative thinking, strategy solving, and concentration. Requiring 2-4 players at a time, this game is a great way to bond with friends and explore your vocabulary. Better yet, you might learn new words as well!
Hand-eye coordination skills stimulate mental alertness and concentration. Ping pong, or table tennis, is a fast-paced and entertaining sport than can be played from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a table, net, two paddles, a ball, and a partner. Due to the speed of the game, ping pong also improves reflexes while being gentle on your joints. Your coordination skills are big parts of the game, following the ball back and forth across the table and stimulating your brain as you anticipate your next move.
Do you want an entertaining way to de-stress? Try a puzzle! Not only do puzzles lower your stress levels, they also have been found to improve your mood. Puzzles challenge your brain through problem solving, memory processing, and visual concentration. Another benefit to solving puzzles is the opportunity to choose your difficulty and work your way up to larger puzzles. This activity can help you learn the art of patience and focus, while rewarding yourself with a completed image at the end.
Deep breathe in… deep breathe out. Yoga is a practice that improves both physical and mental health. Whether you are a beginner or a master yogi, you can bring the essential aspects of yoga right to your home. Physically, yoga encourages relaxation, improves flexibility, balance, strength, and energy. Mentally, yoga is a form of meditation that can de-stress our minds, increase mental clarity, body awareness, and concentration. Yoga can be practiced at all levels, by all ages, and in a variety of atmospheres.
A game centered around team building skills and drawing is sure to spark creativity! Pictionary is a board game where team members draw a specific word and their partners must guess the correct word. When playing the game, visualization and memory skills are targeted, as well as motor and hand-eye coordination skills through the act of drawing and guessing.
Hand-eye coordination is a common theme between most of these indoor activities. Foosball one of those activities that improves that skill. Additionally, foosball is a spin on the classic game of soccer, however it requires less running. This fast-paced and fun table game that is enjoyable for people of all ages and encourages friendly competition.
This is the most strenuous activity on our list. Did you know that jumping rope competitions have been taken to the national level? Whether you jump competitively or just for fun, this activity is a great calorie burner. This aerobic exercise burns more calories than jogging and improves cardiovascular health and breathing patterns. Before jumping rope at home, be sure that you have a clear open space with high ceilings and of course, some water to hydrate with after.
Whether you like to freestyle, follow along to instructional videos, or play “Just Dance” on the Wii, dancing is a fun and effective way to get moving and burn calories. Dancing reaches all muscle groups, improving muscle tone and strength. Flexibility, coordination, and agility are also big factors when it comes to dancing. Along with all of the physical benefits, dancing has been known to boost your overall energy and mood.
Check mate! If you want to sharpen your mind and improve your ability to focus, chess is the game for you. Like most board games, chess is an exercise for your brain, however, it also has been found to raise IQ’s. Through its strategic nature, chess increases problem solving skills and concentration levels. The game teaches the importance of planning, thoughtful deliberation, and consideration of all outcomes before taking any action.