Health and fitness isn’t just physical.
When we think about our health and fitness we tend to focus on our heart, muscles, and bones and what we need to do to keep them healthy. One important muscle we sometimes forget is our brain.
Memory loss and loss of mental sharpness is often associated with ageing but it is not a natural part of ageing. It is a result of not staying mentally active. You know that old saying, “use it or lose it”? It definitely applies here!
Keeping your mind busy is easier then you think. When you are working out physically you’re challenge your muscles and your mind. Play mind games that encourage you to think is another technique you can use to keep your mind busy. Do you have a class in mind you always wanted to take? Maybe a new skill you want to learn? Take the time to learn something new! This is another excellent way to challenge your mind.
Here are a few ways you can challenge your mind and keep it active and healthy.
- Start a Scrapbook: Scrapbooking will challenge your mind to think creatively and it will reinforce memory skills. Scrapbooking keeps your brain interested and focused for an extended period of time.
- Play Games: Play whatever you want; crossword puzzles, Sudoku, checkers, chess, board games with the family, etc. Whatever you can challenge your mind to do. Games force you to look at things from a different perspective and that is a brain-building activity.
- Exercise: Like I mentioned before, exercising works out your body and challenges your brain. Things like pilates and yoga are easy on the body but require a lot of mental focus. Even going for a walk or a low-impact fitness class is a great workout for your brain.
- Hang out With Friends: Socializing is fun and a great mental activity. When we get older sometimes we lose track of friends and family. Make it a point to reach out to them and connect. If you can’t find anyone to meet with you, try looking for a club or community group to join. This is a great way to meet new people and interact socially. Experts actually recommended social engagement at least once per week.
- Get a New Hobby: Taking up a hobby you enjoy really helps your mind stay sharp. Whether it’s gardening, woodworking, writing, or crafting. Whatever it is, do it! Hobbies are a great way to de-stress and keep your mind healthy.
Taking care of your brain is an important part of your health and fitness. Challenging your brain with some of the ideas I mentioned above will keep your mind stay active and healthy.