Stay Sharp – Memory – Your New Year’s Resolution

We all know physical exercise is great for the body. But exercising the mind is equally valuable, and experts say it can help us keep our memories sharp as we age.

But you can’t put your brain on a treadmill, can you? Well, in a way, you can!

To exercise your brain, you have to challenge it, get out of your rut and try some new things:

Try learning a new language, a musical instrument, or a new game. If you spend a lot of time watching TV, turn that thing off, and do something else. Word games, crosswords, board games all help. To get your brain to make new connections, do simple things like using your nondominant hand to brush your teeth. Drive home a different way than normal.

When you eat out, do you go to the same restaurant all the time? Or take the same vacations? Mix it up! All of these things will make your brain form new connections, and slow down the effects of aging.

Just don’t get lost on your way home.

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