When you think about keeping your body in tip-top shape, what do you think about? Running? Lifting weights? Yoga? That’s all well and good, but it’s important not to forget training your brain too. There are all kinds of exercises you can do to keep your mind sharp. Here are a few of our favorites. Give them a try, we think you’ll find that getting in the rhythm can make a big difference in your overall health and well-being.

  1. Use Your Brain: Most of us think that your brain is an organ that does not need attention or exercise; however, it’s actually the complete opposite. Stimulating and exercising your brain as you grow older helps maintain memory, boost mental capacity and can protect yourself against cognitive decline. Try and challenge your brain with new information: read books, magazines, play games or take a class on something that interests you.
  2. Socialize: Social interaction is crucial and can help keep your mind sharp as you age. Volunteering, developing new relationships and interacting with neighbors, friends, or family can positively impact your life and keep your mind strong. Having a strong social network, engaging in intellectual activities, and doing activities that you enjoy are amazing ways to be productive and stay healthy.
  3. Eat Healthy: Nutrition is a huge focus when it comes to brain health. Eating the right foods and properly fueling your brain keeps you and your brain healthy. Try implementing a colorful diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, meat and fish into your daily life. Other brain-healthy food includes things like nuts, avocados, citrus fruits, beans and wild salmon.
  4. Exercise: Exercise both your body and brain to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Performing low-impact exercises daily like walking, biking, and lifting weights is a simple and effective way to keep your body healthy. Exercising your body directly impacts your brain with the help of spurring the growth of new brain cells.
  5. Learn! Challenging your brain helps stimulate and assist in the growth of brain neurons. Keeping yourself mentally active is crucial as you grow older. Play brain games, read, invest in a hobby, or learn a new skill that will keep yourself and your brain in tip-top shape. Constantly learning will benefit your brain, memory and overall wellness.

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