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Four Ways to Exercise Your Brain

Active Retirement Community in Boise Four Ways to Exercise Your Brain

Four Ways to Exercise Your Brain

Did you know that brain fitness is just as important as physical fitness. Exercising your brain can help memory, focus, and daily functionality. As we age these things become increasingly important. Here are four ways to build your brain fitness while having fun, too!

Vocabulary Exercises:

A vast vocabulary can make you sound smart. But did you know a quick vocab lesson can be a stimulating brain game? Research shows that there are more parts of the brain involved in vocabulary tasks than we think; specifically in areas that are important for visual and auditory processing. Here are some ideas that are sure to boost your word count.

  • Keep a notebook with you when you read.
  • Write down one unfamiliar word, then look up the definition.
  • Try to use that word at least five times the next day.

Become a Card Shark:

A quick game of cards has been found to increase brain volume in various regions of the brain. It has also been found that a game of cards could improve memory and cognitive skills. Also, card games are a great way to stay socially active and add something fun to your day. Here are some classic card games worth learning or revisiting to boost your mental prowess.

  • solitaire
  • bridge
  • gin rummy
  • poker
  • hearts
  • crazy eights

Listen to Music:

Listening to music is an amazing way to increase creative brain power. Listening to music helps boost innovative thinking skills. Another great thing about music is that it has the power to change your mood and elevate your day. 

If you’d like to learn a musical instrument, there’s no better time than now! Our brains are capable of learning new skills at any point in life. You’re never too old to start playing an instrument like the guitar, piano, or even the harp!

Meditate:

Daily meditation can calm your body, slow your breathing, and reduce stress and anxiety. It also helps improve your memory by calming your brain and leaving more space. Whenever you can find a quiet spot and take five minutes to yourself to meditate and quiet your mind. Another great way to start a mediation practice is by joining a group or using a meditation app on your phone or I-pad.

Brain health is one of the most important things you can focus on and can help improve your memory, concentration, focus, and mental agility, no matter what age you are! Infusing these practices into your everyday life can increase your cognitive health and enhance your overall well-being.