As we age, it’s important to stay mentally fit. An agile brain can fight off cognitive decline and slow Alzheimer’s progression. It’s never too early – or too late – to make mental exercises a part of your daily routine.
Here are the top six ways to stay mentally fit.
Physical activity releases beneficial neurotransmitters and endorphins into your system, increasing your feeling of well-being while reducing stress. Mixing up your exercise routine, like finding different walking routes, carves out new patterns in your brain.
- Puzzles or games
Activities like logic puzzles or crosswords help improve memory, sharpen reasoning skills and open new pathways in the brain.
- Changing your routine
Mental fitness means building new patterns in your brain. Try driving a new route, brushing your teeth with the other hand or eating new foods.
- Learning something new
Challenging yourself with a completely new activity strengthens your brain and makes it more agile. Take up a hobby, try a cooking class or learn a new language.
When you talk with other people, you’re actually learning and exercising your brain. Stay mentally fit by socializing outside of your home, which will also keep you from feeling isolated.
- Eating healthfully
The foods you consume, especially those high in antioxidants, improve your brain health. Choose colorful fruits and vegetables and avoid processed foods for optimum mental fitness.
The brain begins to atrophy while it is also building new connections, even as we age. These new connections keep you mentally fit and ensure your overall wellbeing.