Learning something new is high up on the list of ways to exercise the brain. Whether it’s a new language, a new computer skill or learning a musical instrument, such activities aid brain function. They stretch you to think in new and different ways. Research shows that people who learn a new skill are more likely to experience memory improvements.
Another great brain exercise is to try and perform tasks with your non-dominant hand. This can be quite challenging at first, as it forces you to think carefully about all the movements you make. Try brushing your teeth or using the mouse on a computer with your non-dominant hand. It’s also a nice sense of achievement when you see how you gradually improve with practice.
Never underestimate the value of social interaction as a brain exercise. Talking to others keeps you mentally agile and interested in other people. After all, humans are social animals and were designed to communicate with each other. Social activities where you can enjoy a chat and a laugh can help slow the onset of diseases like dementia.
Number games such as sudoku, board games, crossword puzzles and other fun activities will help keep your brain in trim. Reading, writing, researching, and communicating are further ways to keep you mentally agile.