Is there a way to keep our brain smart as we age? Our brains continue to grow when we challenge them. What exactly should we be looking at in terms of strenuous brain exercise?
Just as physical exercise helps keep your body healthy, strenuous mental tasks can strengthen your mind. Learning new skills, especially dancing or a new language, are excellent choices. I’m terrible with names, so that is a memory skill on which I worked. I would look at a person and say, “that’s so & so.” Eventually, my mind remembers their name with their face, even in places that are not regular places I encounter them.
As we age, it’s vital to stay mentally active. Socialize, volunteer, teach someone something you’re good at, or learn a new skill yourself. Try something you never thought you’d be interested in doing. At the very least, you’ll have passed the time in a new and exciting way.
These are fun ways to keep your brain smart. There are more things we should be doing that keep both the mind and body healthy. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s or other debilitating diseases, but lifestyle choices can make a difference over the years.
Living a healthy life is all about living, not just existing. It’s easy to get into a rut. Working, raising a family, taking care of elders, it all becomes routine. Break out of your routine regularly; give yourself time for new hobbies, learning, and travel. Don’t over-schedule yourself either. Find ways to incorporate as many aspects of healthy living into your daily life. Add one at a time if that’s what it takes.
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