We’re told all the time about the physical benefits of exercise. Most of us know that we should walk 10,000 steps a day and put regular effort into staying in shape. And, of course, this is crucial for a variety of reasons. Failure to exercise can result in everything from weight gain, to depression. If you don’t already have a routine, you should work on one.

But, less of us realize the importance of mental exercise for maintaining health. This neglect makes no sense when you consider how crucial brain function is to personality. Without your mind, you wouldn’t be who you are now. Don’t you think that’s worth taking care of?

If the answer is yes (and it should be, by the way), then you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’re going to look at a few ways you can exercise your brain. The good news is that you don’t even have to go anywhere to do it! So, you have no excuse but to get started as soon as you finish this article.

Solving puzzles

The first exercise to get your head around is that of puzzle solving. Whether you opt to do jigsaw puzzles or solve riddles online, the benefits will be much the same. Puzzles trigger both sides of your brain. The left hemisphere focuses on logic, while the right is all about emotion and creativity. Both of which play an equal part in finding answers to most puzzles. After all, you have to get a little creative to solve riddles, but there’s usually logic in there too. So, puzzles flex just about every muscle in your brain. Hence, they help keep alzheimers and memory loss at bay. In fact, the MacArthur Study states that you could live longer from regular puzzle solving. It’d be stupid not to give it a go!

Reading

Of course, we couldn’t talk about mental exercise without mentioning reading. As Joseph Addison famously said, ‘Reading is to the brain what exercise is to the body.’. And, it doesn’t leave you hot and sweaty afterwards. Well, some books do, but that’s for another article…

Reading is a fantastic way to flex your brain muscles. Various studies have found that regular reading improves brain function. Not to mention it can enhance our ability for empathy and problem solving. Whether you read the latest best sellers in fiction, or nonfiction picks like these 16 Best Self Help Books To Read, you’re sure to feel the benefits. So, get into the habit of settling down with a good book in the evenings. Honestly; it’s better than television.

Test your memory

Another fantastic way to keep your brain healthy is to test your memory. By attempting to remember a set of words or images, you stand to enhance your brain’s storage capactiy. Which is obviously useful when it comes to avoiding memory loss. Make a game of some form of memory task at least once a week. Your future self will thank you for it.

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