10 Mental Exercises To Keep Your Brain Fit & Healthy

10 Mental Exercises To Keep Your Brain Fit & Healthy

An active mind is a key part of healthy living. Over time, our cognitive abilities such as our memory or hand-eye coordination tend to decline. It is important to keep those cognitive skills in top shape to remain sharp and enjoy our daily life and experiences. Training and brain fitness are an important part of a healthy lifestyle as you use a large number of your cognitive skills everyday. Try the following suggestions to give your mind a mental workout every day.

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  1. Use your brain. There is a lot of knowledge up there, so put it into action. Doing tasks such as thinking through problems or avoiding the calculator for simple arithmetic is one way to exercise your mind.
  1. Crosswords. If you get the newspaper, work the crossword puzzles each day. They usually get progressively more difficult as the week goes on, culminating in the most challenging puzzle on Sunday. If you don’t get the newspaper, you can find many free crossword puzzles online.
  1. Scrabble. Play Scrabble with friends in person or play online. Scrabble is a great way to get your brain thinking.
  1. News. Keep up with current events. Whether your interest is politics, world news, or your local small-town gossip, staying current with the news stimulates your mind.

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  1. Read anything…books, magazines, the back of cereal boxes. Reading keeps your mind pumping, and you learn new things at the same time. It’s definitely a bonus if your reading material has some depth to it, though.
  1. Puzzles. While working jigsaw puzzles, you must think about how the shapes and colors match up. The problem-solving skills of working puzzles help keep your mind sharp.
  1. Movies. Watch a thought-provoking movie. Movies like The Fountain, Jacob’s Ladder, and 12 Monkeys can leave your brain pondering what you watched for days afterward.
  1. Word puzzles. Solve brainteasers such as anagrams, logic problems, or rebuses. You can have fun with these puzzles any time you have a few extra minutes.

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  1. Video games. Who said video games are a waste of time? Studies have shown, some video game playing may help fight Alzheimer’s.
  1. Hobbies. Start a new hobby or take up an old, forgotten one to get your creative juices flowing.

Pacific Landing is purpose built with amenities and services to allow you to live your ideal lifestyle. Amenities like the yoga studio and community garden allow you to keep you body and your mind active in our village community. You can also enroll in a class at Royal Roads University, which is just a 15-minute walk from Pacific Landing. Whatever it may be, remaining engaged in activities you enjoy will add fulfillment to your life. Register with us today to learn more about our waterfront community.






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