Most people know that exercise is good for your body, but many don’t know how important exercising your brain is to overall health. Your brain, like your body, goes through changes as we age; and needs to be strengthened to maintain optimal function. Good brain health is achieved by stretching your brain through mental activities such as games, puzzles and trying new things.
Trying new things is critical for keeping your mental flexibility strong. Every time you do something new it creates different pathways in your brain which improves your ability to solve problems and stay sharp.
Here are some examples of ways to exercise your brain.
10 ways to challenge your brain
- Read a book
- Play a board game
- Have a conversation
- Word search
- Card games
- Write in a journal
- Change your routine
- Try doing things with your non-dominant hand (brush your teeth, eat, comb your hair)
- Try something new
STAY SHARP!!! Don’t lose the brain capacity you have worked so hard to achieve!
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