When it comes to memory, it’s “use it or lose it.” Just as physical exercise can make and keep your body stronger, mental exercise can make your brain work better and lower the risk of mental decline. Everything that engages the senses will help stimulate your mind and strengthen memory, so touch, smell, see, hear and taste as many new things as you can.
Visualisation is a great exercise for your brain. As you sit in your car in a traffic jam, wait for an appointment, or lie in bed before sleeping, try to visualise something from your childhood: the infant classroom on your first day of school, the bedroom in the house where you grew up, your first ride on a bicycle, or your first visit to the dentist.
Here are a few other ideas for brain exercise, from light workouts to heavy lifting!
- Play games that involve strategy, like chess or bridge, and word games like Scrabble.
- Try crossword and other word puzzles, or number puzzles such as Sudoku.
- Read newspapers, magazines, and books that challenge you.
- Get in the habit of learning new things: games, recipes, driving new routes, a musical instrument, a foreign language.
- Take a course in an unfamiliar subject that interests you. The more interested and engaged your brain, the more likely you’ll be to continue learning and the greater the benefits you’ll experience.
- Take on a project that involves design and planning, such as a new garden, an art, craft, or carpentry skill.
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