7 Ways to Exercise Your Brain and Keep It Young ...

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No matter how young you are, it is never too soon to find ways to exercise your brain.

Hardly a week goes by without someone somewhere discovering something about Alzheimer’s or dementia.3

Exercising your brain regularly is one of the key ways to reduce your risk.

What’s even better is, you get more joy out of life when using ways to exercise your brain.

1. Learn a New Language

Very few ways to exercise your brain are as useful as learning a new language.

Being able to speak more than just one significantly enhances your chances on the international job market.

There are a few that are spoken in multiple countries, such as Spanish, French, and Dutch.

Others are simply essential in the business world, like Mandarin and Japanese.

Or, if you are like me and you live somewhere with a unique dialect, you can learn a rare one like Welsh.

2. Play Brain Games

Yep, brain games are everywhere these days.

I am yet to see significant evidence that they have a huge advantage over good old basic learning.

However, they are fun, and engaging in games is better than doing nothing.

You can purchase games for your phone, console, or PC.

There are also plenty of free versions online.

3. Take a Free Course

Ivy League and Russell Group universities are falling all over themselves to offer free courses via sites like Coursera.2

I tried taking a world history one with Princeton (I think it was Princeton), but got so busy with my actual degree that I never completed it.

There are courses across most topics.

History, religion, physics, chemistry…if there is something you want to learn about, get stuck in.

Some offer a certificate of completion, which always looks great on your CV.

4. Crosswords

Crosswords are old fashioned, but they ain’t just for the old.

They force you to think, often cryptically.

If they don’t appeal to you, try Sudoku.

Almost any puzzle is great for making sure your brain keeps working.

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