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An active and busy life brings happiness and contentment, as well as providing a defense against some age-related problems such as Alzheimer’s disease. The list of things you can do to keep your brain active and sharp is endless, depending upon personal interests and abilities. From physical activity to puzzles and hobbies, there is something out there for everyone to do. To give you some ideas of where to start, here is a list of seven ways to keep your brain active:
From crossword puzzles found in the daily paper or online to jigsaw puzzles to ponder over in the living room, puzzles of all kinds are a great way to exercise the brain.
Reading keeps the brain active in several ways; the actual process of reading followed by the brain activity as your mind thinks about what you have read even long after you’ve finished actually reading it.
Listening to music and learning to play an instrument is great mental activity and can bring many hours of enjoyment. It is never too late to learn to play a musical instrument.
Anything at all that occupies your mind and keeps it active is a good thing. From quilting or golfing to collecting trains or getting involved in compound microscope projects, whatever it is that brings you contentment.
Gaming on the computer or a game system is not just for the young folks. Actively playing Scrabble online or getting involved in a video game are great ways to keep the mind sharp, for your brain is always making decisions and reacting to what is going on.
Learning a new language is good brain exercise for any age. Take a foreign language class, learn by yourself online, whatever works best for you. There are many books and online websites that make doing this from home easy.
From walking with friends or biking to yard work and walking the dog, all physical activity is good for your mind as well as your body. Moving the body is a critical part of staying healthy and active in life.
As you can see, active participation in just about any activity can keep your brain working, keeping it sharp and active. Choosing activities that you enjoy and find fulfillment in doing is a bonus, bringing you happiness while also helping to keep you healthy and active.