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Exercise Your Brain Every Day!

By Donna Stark

Just because you are out of school doesn't mean you should stop challenging your brain. Your brain loves to be pushed and if it's not, you might end up experiencing what some people call "brain drain." Brain drain can lead to a lack of creativity and a stagnant mind, which can cause significant struggles down the road with your cognition. If you are feeling the effects of brain drain and want to become at least on par with your fifth grader, it's time to unlock more of your brain's potential. Here's how you can do it.

Become a Student for Life

Constantly learning new things and challenging your brain daily will help to strengthen it and reduce the risk of cognitive decline, so consider becoming a student for life! This can easily be achieved by picking up a new hobby or signing up for a class you are interested in. The daily challenge of skill-building and completing homework assignments will keep your brain active and engaged.

Embrace Variety

Don't be afraid of trying something new. In fact, if you really want to give your brain a good workout, try your hand at something you aren't good at doing at all! By incorporating a variety of challenging activities into your life, you can start to improve your focus, concentration, and coordination. Keeping your mind sharp has never been so much fun!

Get Playful

Who said your brain workouts have to be all work and no play? For some exercises that are on the lighter side of things, pull out your games and puzzles! Chess, solitaire, crossword puzzles, memory challenges, and card games with friends are the ideal activities you should be shooting for. These options are a great way to utilize your time well and connect with all your friends and loved ones.

Stay Active

Did you know that exercise can improve the function of your brain too? Whether you are concentrating on your form and technique at the gym or are trying to learn the latest step in your dance class, your brain is being challenged like never before! Even ping-pong, pool, and yoga can help stimulate the mind.

Read, Read, and Read Some More

Reading is a great way to engage multiple parts of the brain and increase their activity. You can improve your language, imagination, and critical-thinking skills. Reading has also been shown to increase blood flow to the brain which helps to keep the brain young.

A Healthy Brain

To learn more about the importance of keeping your mind active, come on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. Along with the adjustments they give, your local chiropractors have plenty of other suggestions on how to achieve and maintain a healthy brain.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.

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