Just like the rest of your body, your brain needs regular exercise to stay healthy. While physical exercises are known to provide mental as well as physical well being, there are exercises we can engage in to specifically target the brain. As described in a Forbes Health article, brain exercise is considered to be any activity that employs your cognitive skills. Cognitive skills include memory, focus and problem-solving abilities.
According to the experts cited, benefits of brain games or brain-challenging exercises include cognitive stimulation, isolation prevention, providing a sense of control, and creating new brain connections. It's all about challenging your mind!
There are different types of brain exercises and each one targets a different cognitive area. Six recommended brain games include one of our favorites (#3):
- Do a Crossword Puzzle
- Play an Online Brain Game
- Start a Jigsaw Puzzle
- Build a Model or Start a Knitting Project
- Join a Card Game
- Learn New Dance Moves
Check out the full article here for more information and benefits of engaging in brain healthy exercises.
Sources: Forbes Health (https://www.forbes.com/health/healthy-aging/brain-exercises/)