What are the most stimulating activities for your brain?
• Look after your body and take care of your mind.
Research has repeatedly revealed that people involved in healthy behaviors such as exercise and a balanced diet are less likely to suffer cognitive declines related to the aging process. The researchers discovered that men who practiced specific healthy behaviors were roughly 60% less likely to undergo cognitive impairment and dementia.
• Draw a map of your town from memory.
Though you might feel like you can go around the streets of your neighborhood with your eyes closed, challenge your brain by actually drawing a map of your neighborhood from memory. No cheating! Include major streets, side streets, and local landmarks.
Once done, compare your memory map to an actual area map. If you find this activity too simple, try drawing a less familiar area from memory, such as a map of entire Canada or Europe. Do your best to label every state or country.
Learn Something New. This brain activity needs a bit of commitment, but it’s also worth it. This is one way to keep your brain on its toes and continually introduce new challenges.
• Try Using Your Non-Dominant Hand.
In his book “Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness”, neurobiologist Lawrence Katz suggests using your non-dominant hand to strengthen your mind. Since using your opposite hand can be so demanding, it can be a terrific way of increasing brain activity.