Give Your Brain A Workout

Engage Your CommunityPhysical exercise isn’t the only workout you need – your brain needs to stay active, too! Science suggests that it’s important to keep your brain stimulated and in shape.

Challenge Yourself - Mentally challenging activities may have short and long-term benefits to brain health. To keep your mind active, it’s important to participate in activities that expose it to new topics. Here are three things to consider:

  • Play games! Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, memory games, puzzles, and reading are just a few ways you can give your brain a mental workout.
  • Try something new. Start a new hobby. Take music lessons or an art class. Learn a new language.
  • Go back to school. Research shows that classroom-based learning has real benefits in keeping your brain sharp. Find a subject that interests you at your local college or recreation center. You’re never too old to learn.

Connect With Others

Social engagement is important to your brain health, too. Studies show that people who are engaged with others have a lower rate of cognitive decline. That connection with others can also help to stimulate your brain and reduce stress and depression.

There are many ways to stay socially active in your community. Following are just a few suggestions. Some are low-cost or free.

  • Participate in a group or club. Consider joining a book club or a walking group in your neighborhood.
  • Volunteer. Find a cause that is meaningful to you. Help at your local animal shelter, library, theater, or recreation center.
  • Get involved with your faith community.
  • Get together (in-person or online) with family and friends on a regular basis.

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