7 Fun Ways To Keep Your Mind Sharp And Active

If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to remember a common word in a conversation or felt like your brain just wasn’t as ‘on’ as usual, you could probably benefit from some exercises to strengthen your brain a little. Yes, brain exercises are actually helpful, according to Geisinger Health.

Brain exercises are particularly beneficial to seniors, as the mind naturally becomes weaker with age. There are a number of things that can help including physical movement to keep the body (and, thus, the brain) healthy, eating a nutrient-rich diet, and regularly socializing with friends. One of the more fun ways to keep the brain sharp and strong is through “memory-improving” games and activities, like the ones below.

1. Playing Bingo involves critical thinking and logic, especially if you’re playing multiple cards at once.

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2. Reading is good for you at any age because your brain is taking in information and making it come to life inside your head.


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3. Crafting requires hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, spatial awareness, and general imagination (plus, it’s fun!).

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4. Games like chess and checkers have players thinking critically and strategically, which isn’t easy even on the brain’s best days.

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5. Puzzles help reduce stress, involve spatial awareness, and require critical thinking. And, the more pieces, the better!

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6. Card games, from solitaire to gin rummy to go fish, strengthen the brain thanks to strategic thinking.

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7. Word games like crossword puzzles and Scrabble will flex the brain’s critical thinking, memory, and problem-solving muscles.

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If only all exercise was as fun and easy as this! Share these tips with your friends so they can keep their brains sharp, too.

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