In general, as we age, we tend to find it more difficult to learn new information and recall memories. By exercising the brain and the various aspects of brain function, we can maintain or improve our brain fitness.
Mental challenges in multiple domains are necessary to maintain a healthy brain. There are many ways to exercise your brain and have fun at the same time. These mental challenges can consist of some simple things like crossword puzzles, word juggles, math games, Sudoku, and board games. If you like these, you should do them as frequently as you like, preferably one or two of these every day. Another way to exercise your brain is to learn a new language. By learning a new language, traveling to the country, and being able to speak and interact with the people, you are truly rewarding yourself through exercising your brain. Additionally, something as simple as a board game with your family can exercise your brain and allow you to have a great time. Easy ideas like this should be incorporated into your regular routine. Other options include playing card games, such as Bridge or poker (Winner, 2008).
Going to school, taking classes, and meeting new people are also great ways to keep your brain healthy. Enroll in a course on a subject matter you always wanted to study; take the time to find a high school or college night course that you find interesting. They are easy to find, they are everywhere, and they are very enjoyable. Again, you meet new people, make new friends, and do something you have always wanted to do.
As we get older, it is important that we increase the amount of mental exercises we do. As we approach retirement, the idea is not to use your brain less. It is important to use your brain for things that you have wanted to use it for that you may not have had the chance to, such as the examples above. Learn a new language, take some new courses, or learn to play a game you really are not familiar with. Challenge your brain constantly. It will lead you to a healthier and more vibrant life, along with improved brain function (Winner, 2008).
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Learn more about exercising your brain in Dr. Winner’s book “7 Steps to a Healthy Brain” by visiting www.7stepstoahealthybrain.com