3 Activities That Boost Brain Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
The brain. What a complicated part of our bodies! If you really think about it, the brain is absolutely amazing. It carries out so many tasks and makes us who we are. And because of its importance in our overall lives, it's absolutely critical that we make its health a priority. But how? What can we do to improve the health of our brain? Of course, we can eat well and drink water -- these steps are good for every part of our bodies. If you're looking for brain-specific tools to keep your mind healthy and strong, take a look at these fun and effective tips to try today.
Whether it's literal puzzles with 500 pieces that fit together to make a picture or puzzles that are more like riddles, forcing your brain to problem solve is a good idea. It keeps it working. It keeps it active. And an active brain is much more likely to remain healthy as you age. This is an activity that you can enjoy as a family or alone, so it meets the criteria for so many. Pick out some puzzles or buy some books of riddles and make this a practice that you do every night.
Do you know how much brain activity it takes to play a musical instrument? A lot! You have to learn to read music, learn to use your hands independently of each other, and learn a long list of other skills. It's so good for the brain to tackle this activity. And as a bonus, you'll be able to play beautiful music at the end of the day. Choose something you've always wanted to learn, find a teacher, and learn a skill that brings a healthy brain and pleasure into your life as well.
Reading is good for body, mind, and soul. It allows you to relax, learn, and engage the brain all at the same time. The good news is that you can read about anything you want -- which makes this activity extremely personal. Like fiction? Take your pick. Into learning new skills? Check out the non-fiction section. Biographies? Animals? Religion? Cookbooks? There are a million books to choose from. Check out your local library for some options, or if you don't feel like leaving the house, browse an online store to stock your shelves and keep the brain healthy.
Keeping the brain healthy isn't something we should ignore or take lightly. It's so important. And no matter your age or current state, the right time to make improvements is right now! Use these tips to get started, and keep your brain healthy for years to come.
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