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This year’s summer reading theme for adults is “Exercise Your Mind”. Since the overall summer reading theme is exercise and wellness, I combined exercising your body and exercising your brain.

How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald – This book explains the latest theory of how the brain regulates endurance performance, which is called the Psycho Biological model. It describes how conscious self-regulation of thoughts, emotions, and behavior can have a dramatic influence on endurance performance. In other words, the mind and body are distinctly connected. How Bad Do You Want It? reveals new psychobiological findings

* Mental toughness determines how close you can get to your physical limit.
* Bracing yourself for a tough race or workout can boost performance by 15% or more.
* Champions have learned how to give more of what they have.
* An important way to improve performance is by altering how you perceive effort.
* Choking under pressure is a form of self-consciousness.
* Your attitude in daily life is the same one you bring to sports.
* There’s no such thing as going as fast as you can―only going faster than before.
* The fastest racecourse is the one with the loudest spectators.
* Faith in your training is as important as the training itself.

The greatest athletic performances spring from the mind, not the body. Elite athletes have known this for decades and now science is learning why it’s true.

Trivia Quiz: The Best Family Quiz book Ever! – Trivia competitions are a fun way to exercise your mind and help keep it sharp! This book has over 4000 trivia questions. The questions cover a wide range of subjects to test the general knowledge of the most seasoned quiz fans. There are over 4,000 quiz questions on a wide variety of subjects that will appeal to all quiz fans. The book also includes an introductory section on how to run a quiz night. It has many helpful tips and ideas.

How To Think Like Einstein by Scott Thorpe – This book expands on critical thinking. It presents an appealing way to look at everyday challenges in the home and office. This book will help you challenge old ways of thinking and to improve your creative and problem solving skills. Innovator and author Scott Thorpe guides you step-by-step through the process of freeing yourself from your “rule ruts” so you can dream up amazing (and doable) solutions to the seemingly impossible. I like the steps showing how to identify and break the usual thinking patterns we automatically use, and how to come up with innovative and viable solutions by using a different point of view. With brand-new material for today’s readers, this new edition will reveal how you can solve problems in astonishing ways, including:

      • thinking like a bug
      • organizing a party
      • learning the game of poker
      • pretending you’re James Bond
      • acting like a millionaire
      • and more!

Brain power : improve your mind as you age by Michael J. Gelb and Kelly Howell – Virtually everyone fears mental deterioration as they age. But in the past thirty years neuroscientists have discovered that the brain is actually designed to improve throughout life. How can you encourage this improvement? Brain Power shares practical, state-of-the-evidence answers in this inspiring, fun-to-read plan for action. The authors have interviewed physicians, gerontologists, and neuroscientists; studied the habits of men and women who epitomize healthy aging; and applied what they describe in their own lives. The resulting guidance can help you activate unused brain areas, tone mental muscles, and enliven every faculty.

Brain fitness : anti-aging strategies for achieving super mind power by Robert M. Goldman – As a cofounder and director of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Robert Goldman has at his fingertips all of the latest scientific research on what each of us can do not only to retain all our mental powers as long as we live but also to actually strengthen and improve our mind-power as we age. Now he shares that information, in a layperson’s terms, with numerous self-tests, information charts, and quizzes, so that we all can improve memory, sharpen concentration, reduce stress, learn to sleep better, and–above all–ward off the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. Goldman discusses the many nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and medications that have been proved to enhance mental fitness, providing specific doses and regimens. But beyond that, he also describes particular exercises and lifestyle techniques designed to sharpen mental acuity.


            Valerie Marino is a library assistant at Sawyer Free Library.