There’s no doubt that aging affects mental ability. However, studies have shown that people who engage in actively “exercising” their brain do not suffer from the same mental decline in their old age. And good news, exercising your brain is fun.
Here’s how to keep your mind active and engaged:
Reading actively engages many levels of brain function. You have to view the words, understand them and in many cases apply them to existing knowledge or experience. You’re also learning new things. You’re thinking on many levels when you read.
To amplify the profound effects reading try reading different things. Read the newspaper, fiction, and non-fiction and read online information too. It all combines to strengthen your mind.
As more and more research is done on meditation, doctors and scientists are realizing the amazing power it has to strengthen the brain. It helps your brain relax and it teaches you to focus. Try meditating for five to ten minutes each day.
Grab a word puzzle like a crossword. Or if you prefer math, get a Sudoku. You can also do brain teasers, jigsaw puzzles, and other problem-solving exercises. They all force your brain to think critically and to problem solve. They draw on past knowledge and ask you to not only locate that knowledge but to use it and apply it in a different way than you’re accustomed to.
#4 Learn a New Hobby
What have you always wanted to learn to do? Now is the time to do it. Garden, dance, take photographs, write, learn to sew, rebuild the engine of an old car, go rock climbing – there really is no end to the new things you can do and try.
#5 Exercise Your Body
Your brain reaps benefits from physical exercise too. And it doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Start a daily walking program. Join a yoga class. Dance or play tennis. Find a physical activity you enjoy and get the blood pumping through your body.
#6 Nourish Your Brain
Nutrients found in green tea and salmon can help strengthen your brain. Omega 3 fatty acids found in cold water fish are great for facilitating brain function and keeping your brain health. And the caffeine and antioxidants found in green tea are good for brain development and optimal health.
#7 Listen to Music
Music engages your brain. Classical music, in particular, provides several brain health benefits. However, jazz and other forms of music are good too. And if you really want to amplify the benefits of music, sing along!
There are many ways you can strengthen your brain. Have sex, laugh more, express gratitude, drink less and have more fun. A strong brain can last you decades and make your later years fulfilling and pleasurable.