Brain Fitness - 5 Fun and Easy Ways

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Many baby boomers are worried about degenerative neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's. However, according to Dr John Hart, medical science director of the Centre for BrainHealth at the University of Texas in Dallas, he suggests that you find something that is mentally challenging and fun to do and do it regularly to stave off the cognitive decline that comes with ageing. Here are the 5 fun and easy ways to do it:

1. Lead a healthy lifestyle: Give up smoking to reduce the risk of stroke. Exercise regularly like walking to supply more oxygen to your brain. Maintain a balanced diet to deliver essential nutrients to your brain. Take supplements whenever necessary and drink water sufficiently to nourish your brain.

2. Social interaction: Enjoy activities with friends, family and partners to promote brain health. Those who live in isolation have a higher risk of developing dementia. Go sightseeing with a group of friends and explore the world. Keep a pet at home to play and it can make you happy. Participate in community services. It gives you satisfaction and it is fulfilling to serve.

3. Develop your spiritual well-being: Play tai chi, do yoga, meditate or just pray according to the religion that you have embraced. It helps you to relax and reduce stress.

4. A variety of fun activities for your brain: Have fun with crossword puzzles, play Brain Age game by Nintendo, do Sudoku, play board and card games and play video games. Indulge in a hobby like stamp collecting. The more the variety, the better it is for your brain.

5. Lifelong learning: Read newspapers and books, watch your favourite TV programmes, go for a movie, go window shopping and learn something new like blogging. Blogging is fun and challenging for the mind.

Charles Chua C K  devotes his time to writing articles about his past experiences relating to health, career, money, home, relationships, education, happiness, Feng Shui, writing and more. The aim of his articles is to share useful tips about life with his readers. Please visit his blog at allaboutlivingwithlife.blogspot.com

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