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Old April 29, 2024, 08:03 AM
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Lo restes de alguna actividad

Hola a todos,

La frase en cuestión es del libro Cuenta contigo de Patricia Ramírez Loeffler.

La mejor manera de tener un cerebro activo y sano es la pre- vención. No esperes a tener olvidos para darte cuenta de que tienes que ejercitarlo. Trabaja tu mente. Proponte dedicar al día media hora de tu tiempo a cuidar tu cerebro. Lo ideal sería que el tiempo que invertirás en tu cerebro lo restes de alguna actividad como ver la televisión o usar el móvil. Realiza actividades que lo protejan, como practicar ejercicio físico, leer, dormir y des- cansar, aprender, estudiar, hacer crucigramas, escribir, relacionar conceptos, ser curioso, relacionarte y hablar con gente.

I understand that "lo" in "lo restes" refers to "tiempo", but I'm not sure what the author means when she says "lo restes de alguna actividad como..."

Does it simply mean that you should not watch TV or use your mobile when training your brain?

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She seems to be saying that these types of activities will adversely affect the effectiveness of the training. The next advice she shares lists the activities your brain should be subjected to instead.
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I agree with Rusty.
Since the author writes the way she would speak, she often depends on the context to be understood.
She could have written: "Lo ideal sería que restes tiempo de actividades como ver la televisión o usar el móvil y lo inviertas en ejercitar tu cerebro", and this "lo" would be immediately related to "tiempo".
Spanish is flexible like that, so most native speakers will know what she means, but her style could be neater.
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