Anti aging guide

Exercise More than the Five Senses



How to exercise the other senses besides the normal five senses of sensing information

You may think that after dealing with the fifth and final sense, your work is over. Wrong! Contrary to popular belief, our body is equipped with more than five ways of sensing information. We have sensors able to pick up signals relating to temperature, vibration, head and limb position, muscle tension, pain and balance. All of these senses become less efficient with age, but there are some ways to help slow down the decline.

To Develop the Sense of Temperature

Younger people are able to feel temperature changes of 1°C but, with the passage of time, we become unable to feel temperature changes even up to 3 or 4°C. This is one of the reasons why some older people develop hypothermia in cold weather. They are unable to feel the drop of the temperature and they think that the environment is still warm.

It may be helpful to pay attention to the temperature of your environment every so often. Guess the temperature of your house or the temperature out in the garden and then see if you were right by confirming it with a home thermometer.

Exercise for sense of temperature

Close your eyes and ask your partner to give you two coins, one cold and one previously warmed in your partner’s hand. By feeling the two coins you need to guess which is which.

To Develop the Sense of Vibration

A reduction in the sense of vibration may not be very important to some people. Nevertheless, a good sense of vibration can be useful sometimes, for example during driving to sense steering-wheel abnormalities or a reduction in tyre air pressure.

Exercises for sense of vibration

With your eyes closed, touch a washing machine while it is on and feel the vibrations. Do the same with a working fridge. For a few seconds, just feel and think about the vibration.

If you have a tuning fork or something similar, you can use it to feel its vibrations on different parts of your body, over bony areas, preferably with a partner and with your eyes closed.

For sense of co-ordination

Extend your right hand all the way to your right, with your index finger pointing out. Now touch the tip of your nose with the tip of your right index finger. The purpose of the exercise is to lightly touch your nose on the very tip without correcting yourself and without slowing your finger down just before it approaches your nose.

Repeat five times in quick succession.

Repeat the same with your eyes closed and notice how difficult it immediately becomes.

Do the same with your left index finger.

This is scientifically called the finger-nose test(!) and it is used to detect some brain abnormalities such as brain damage in mild stroke.


This helps to improve your sense of joint position and the coordination of muscles.

With your left hand rub your stomach while at the same time pat your forehead with your right hand. Try not to confuse the two actions.

Repeat the same using your other side.

Although this exercise is frequently used as a joke, it is in fact a very good way of improving co-ordination.

Another (easier) variety of this is to have your left palm facing the floor and right palm facing the ceiling. Now turn the left palm up and the right palm down. Repeat the same action quickly for five seconds. Stop and immediately change over the sequence.

For Dexterity

With your right thumb touch the tips of each of your fingers on your right hand in quick sequence. Repeat many times as fast as you can.

When you feel more confident, do the same with your left thumb (ie, touch the fingertips of your left hand).

After a while, repeat the same exercise using both hands at the same time. Repeat with your eyes closed.

Now do the same but do one movement with the right hand first, one with the left, then the right and so on, alternating the movements in fast succession. Repeat with your eyes closed.

This exercise improves the sense of touch and dexterity.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm