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3 Simple Activities That Keep the Brain Active

By Genevieve Cunningham

It's so important to keep our brains active and engaged as we grow older. It's normal for brain function and memory and general alertness to diminish as the years pass. So if we want to keep our brains sharp, we have to exercise them on purpose. But how do we do that? We can't lift weights with our minds, so what do we do? If you're serious about keeping your brain as healthy as possible, take a look at these three very simple activities that you can start now and continue forever to keep the brain healthy.

Puzzles

We first start doing puzzles as children. As we grow, we continue the practice into childhood, but most of us give it up somewhere in the teenage or adult years. If you want to keep the mind healthy, this is a really easy task to pick back up. Puzzles make us think and problem solve on a very small scale. It also works our fine motor skills, and it can be interesting, which always helps make habits stick. Pick up a few interesting puzzles at the store, and do a little every night.

Riddles and Crosswords

Riddles and crosswords are similar to puzzles; you have to use your problem-solving skills. But they don't require any physical movement or activity. You'll just be using your mind, and then maybe writing down your answer. These can be found in stores, online, and even in your local newspaper (if you can still find it!). Give these a try if you're up for a mental challenge that may just plague your mind all day long.

Coloring

It might sound silly, but adult coloring has really become a thing. And it's actually really good for the brain. This is another activity that requires fine motor skills. It also activates the memory part of your brain as well as your creativity. And best of all, psychologists claim that it's a huge stress reliever. Check out an online store to find a wide array of adult coloring books to suit your interests, and feel like a kid again with this light and fun activity.

It's easier than you think to keep the brain active. It's actually incredibly simple. Use these small, easy activities to get you started today. As you age, these activities can continue, and you may be able to keep your mind healthy and sharp for years to come.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Johns Creek, Ga.

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