Challenging the brain with new tasks will create new pathways. These pathways become alternate routes when neurons die off in middle and old age. Keeping the brain active also protects individual neurons from injury and old age. Just remember, if you have a brain injury, take on tasks that are realistic. If you have trouble with judgement, you may need to discuss it with others first.
Brain exercise is anything that makes you think. Here are just some examples of how to exercise your brain:
- avoid using calculators
- swap TV for mind games or a book
- play games that involve memory (bridge) or thinking ahead (chess)