Everywhere you look you see articles, blogs, ads, encouraging all of us in the over 60 crowd to exercise. And for good reason. It’s important to keep your body active and moving. But, what about your brain? Your brain needs a few sit-ups as well.
Had you ever thought about ways to exercise your brain? If not, now’s a great time to begin. Don’t be one of those who daily feasts your mind on drivel—same old TV shows, same old social media stuff, same old conversations with the same people. Stretch your brain to improve its flexibility and its ability to regenerate lost cells.
Where to start? Here are a few ideas:
- Do Problem-Solving Puzzles
This might include a sudoku or crossword puzzle book. Start with the easy ones and work up to the more difficult.
- Do Things Differently to Break Brain Patterns
Switch up your routines. Drive a different route to your daily destination. Make those brain cells stretch.
- Memorize Something Simple
Do you like affirmation statements? I do. Why not memorize one a day for a week? Your brain will love it—your emotions will too.
- Do Something Creative
This list is endless: Sew, knit, draw, write a poem, arrange flowers, create a greeting card for a friend.
- Try Something New
What would you like to try that you have not tried? Do it today and stretch those brain cells.
By exercising your brain, you’ll continue to be alert, aware, and in the moment. Go for it!