You're lifting those barbells for strong muscles. You're walking around the block or running marathons or doing 1,000 jumping jacks every day for a stronger heart.
Hurray! What're you doing for your mind? Research shows we need to keep our brains stimulated as we age. If not -- well, we're not going to tell you because you probably won't remember anyway.
Instead, we of the problem-solving, nip-potential-problems-in-the-bud brigade, are going to help you along with five ways to keep your brain stimulated.
1. Don't be so predictable. When we get into a routine (a.k.a. rut), aarp.org tells us, our brains adjust and aren't as stimulated. To offset that, try taking a different route to work.
2. Pretend it's 'opposite day.' Brush your teeth with your left hand if you're right-handed. Southpaws, use your right hand to move your computer mouse.
3. Learn a new word every day. Practice using it without saying, "I think this is the right word" and giggling. Get it e-mailed to you from m-w.com.
4. En Espanol tambien! No, we're not talking about learning what pollo or queso mean on your favorite menu. Branch out; try studyspanish.com instead.
5. Make time to play. Do a crossword puzzle. Play Sudoku or click on www.prevention.com/braingames for fun ways to stimulate your cerebellum, cerebrum, cellophane, whatever that thingie in your head is called.
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