1 Grab a cue and play pool. Rack ’em up, grab a cue, and contemplate on your strategy. Billiard players must focus on the immediate, blocking out distractions as they plan their next moves. Strategic planning increases mental clarity. IMG_1480 train of thought exercise your brainConcentrating on the immediate helps keep your mind sharp. Additionally, this game of angles demands that players think in terms of physics, something most of us rarely do in our everyday lives.

2. Calm down with yoga. You might be surprised at how demanding yoga can be. Beyond the physical demands that give your entire body a workout, yoga has great calming and relaxation qualities. Yoga forces you to focus on controlling all your muscles and your breathing. Let your worries slide away and give your mind a rest from stress.

3. Play gold in the fresh air. Escape to the links and spend a few hours in the fresh air counting birdies, bogeys, and mulligans. Golf is a social sport and a great way to network and loosen up at the same time. Golfers get mental stimulation using their decision-making skills as they plan stroke strategies. As the sport involves the control of repetitive movements, it instills mind-body discipline.

4. Lace up your running shoes. Lace up your shoes and get moving. Even if you never plan to run a marathon, it will get both your body and mind in shape. Running will boost the levels of oxygen in your brain and flowing through your body. In turn, your body will release more endorphins, which will make you feel energized while producing a sense of pleasure and well-being.

5. Challenge a friend to a game. Challenge a friend to a game of chess at lunch. Invite colleagues over for an evening of cards. Besides the social aspects, such activities will keep your mind active. You’ll use our memory and expand your powers of recall. You’ll use your memory and expand your powers of recall. You’ll also test your mathematical skills and logic.

6, Subscribe to a daily e-mail newsletter. Whether it’s a “word of the day,” “quote of the day” or “this day in history” Receiving new information each day will add data to the hard drive in your head. The mental stimulation will increase your comprehension skills.

7. Pick up a book. Choose from classic literature, science-fiction, or self-improvement books and give your brain a boost. Pick up a novel before your next business flight or vacation. On top of the cerebral benefits, the escapism that comes from reading can be refreshing. Reading helps you exercise your cognitive skills and increases your vocabulary.

8. Take a class. Learn something new. Sign up for a cooking class, register for karate training, or enroll and a wine tasting seminar. Not only will you be challenging yourself to assimilate new concepts, information, and ideas, but also you hone your retention skills through memorization.

9. Learn a new language. Attend the classes, listen to tapes, or spend time with someone who can converse with you in another language. Instead of watching the same TV programs you always do, take in a foreign language movie with subtitles. Learning a new tongue keeps your brain flexible and your mind sharp. This helps to reduce the swelling of the thought process that comes with age.

10. Grab the controller. Believe it or not playing certain video games really can be good for your health the operative word here, however, is “certain”. Choose games that involve strategy or problem-solving. Problem-solving and role-playing games will help you practice strategy planning. You’ll also approve your hand I coordination.

11. Rent a classic movie. Run Shakespearean adoptions or other language heavy period movies and treat them as an exercise. Watch them with a dictionary and thesaurus and make a point of understanding all the dialogue, even if it means pausing the movie periodically. Some options include Macbeth , Othello and Hamlet.

12. Learn an instrument. Pull out your old guitar, sign up for piano lessons, or rent a trumpet or clarinet. Trying to understand how music is made will stimulate your creativity. Reading music provides mental stimulation. Playing an instrument requires powers of recall as well as concentration to maintain tune and temple.

13. Build a model. Remember how excited you were as a kid making model airplanes and chips? Re-create that building a miniature model. Following written instruction sharpens your powers of concentration

14. Do a crossword. Stick the newspaper crossword puzzle in your purse or briefcase and work on it while you’re waiting for an appointment or meeting to begin. You’ll improve your cognitive skills and creative thinking as well as your word power and vocabulary.

15. Engage in a debate. A lively discussion can be invigorating. As long as you avoid letting a digress into an altercation, and you have a lot of fun debating the pros and cons of an issue with a friend or colleague. No practice your quick thinking skills, logic, and creativity.

 

Source: Ririan project, “brain fitness: 15 fun activities to keep your mind sharp,” from www.rirranproject.com