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Tips for keeping your brain exercised
June 11, 2021
Tips for keeping your brain exercised

The brain is one of the most important organs of the human body, so it is very important that it is exercised and kept in tip-top shape. This can be done in a number of ways. But challenging and stimulating your brain with new activities and experiences is not only great for your brain but also for your general wellbeing too.

Here are 10 different ideas that can help to keep your mind sharp as you age.

  1. Play games and complete puzzles – Brain teasers such as crossword puzzles and sudoku are fun and easy ways to keep your brain stimulated. Completing a jigsaw puzzle or playing a computer game can also support brain health.
  2. Pick up a new hobby or one you haven’t done for a long time – Having a hobby is not just a way to pass the time; it can also improve the quality of your life. So no matter if it is playing chess, knitting or rambling, now is the ideal time to pick it up again or challenge yourself if it is a hobby you have always enjoyed.
  3. Mindfulness – Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation and breathing. These heightened sensory experiences are great for stimulating your brain in all the right ways. To find out about mindfulness, take a look at our recent blog.
  4. Challenge yourself to pick up a book you wouldn’t normally –  Reading is great for your brain, it is like a cardio workout that helps it work harder and better; it also helps protect memory and thinking skills. Reading in a way that you wouldn’t usually do so, encourages your brain to use different circuits.
  5. Get exercising – There’s a saying that what’s good for the heart is good for the brain, so adopting healthy habits, including exercise and eating right can support a healthy brain along with a healthy heart and healthy body.
  6. Find new ways to challenge yourself – A key way to boost your brain is to challenge it to do or learn something brand new. So whether you’ve always wanted to learn Spanish or to play the piano, this is the perfect opportunity to try something new.
  7. Turn the music up – Evidence suggests that music stimulates the brain in a very unique way and provides a total brain workout. Listening to music can help in many ways from reducing anxiety to improving sleep and memory.
  8. Socialise with others – Spending quality time with our family and friends is good for our soul and our mind; the brain is our main social organ, so when we find regular companionship, our body releases serotonin, the feel-good hormone. 
  9. Eat healthy, be healthy – Healthy eating is essential and can boost your memory and focus, help prevent disease and keep sharp. Vegetables and fruit contain a lot of the minerals, vitamins and fibre we need to keep us physically and mentally healthy.
  10. Get enough sleep – Getting enough sleep, and the right type of sleep is vital for our overall health and wellbeing. While you sleep, your body works to support healthy brain function

We hope you have found these top tips helpful, remember just as exercise improves your physical health, brain workouts strengthen your mind, boosting your memory and thinking skills. Even better, it’s never too late to begin exercising your most important muscle.

If you have any other great tips that you think we should add, email the team at hello@guardiancard.co.uk, we love hearing from you.

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Esther George