Hobbies to Keep Your BRAIN ACTIVE

Seniors panting on a canvas

Keeping active is the best way to stay healthy, prevent muscle loss, and enhance brain power.

It really is true: if we don’t use it, we lose it. When you finally get to the age to retire, you might want to just sit back and relax, but that is sure to get boring after a while. Being active is entertaining and engaging, and here are some hobby ideas that can enhance your brainpower as well.

Read a Book

Reading is something we can enjoy no matter how young or old we are. Our imagination is able to run free, taking us on journeys to other worlds, countries, and times. Not only is it a great way to relax, but it also increases three types of intelligence: fluid intelligence helps you detect patterns, crystallised intelligence which aids in problem-solving skills, and emotional intelligence helps you identify and respond to others’ emotions.

Get Musical

Playing a musical instrument has had a marked impression on the lives of many. There is something about learning to read music – like another language – and creating it through physical movements that change how the brain works. Those who play are more likely to be confident and innovative, and hold positions of leadership. It is also a skill and passion that can be shared with friends and family throughout life.

Learn a New Language

Allow your mind to grow as you teach it to listen, speak, and read in another language. Spend time every day repeating the words, finding new tricks to keep it all at the forefront of your memory. Not only can this open up a whole new world for you if you want to go travelling and interact with the locals, but it improves the way your brain deals with problem-solving and demanding tasks.

Get Out and Garden

Getting out and about in nature, even in just your backyard, is a great hobby that can enhance your brainpower. If you are growing your own fruit and vegetables you will be eating healthier too.

Get Regular Exercise

When it comes down to it, just getting out there and being active is the best thing for your whole body – and mind. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on gym memberships or special equipment, with stores selling affordable machines, and everyday pieces of furniture that can be used. Drink plenty of water, stretch before you begin, and remember it’s all about a new, healthy, lifestyle.

Arts & Crafts

Crafts are not only a lot of fun, but they can do wonders in enhancing your brainpower. Painting and drawing let you exercise your imagination, carefully manipulating a brush or pencil, to create a unique piece of art.

Origami, the beautiful form of artistic paper folding, aids in visual comprehension. Work the pieces of paper into an array of three-dimensional shapes using how-to books and Youtube tutorials.

Go Golfing

Golf – whether nine or eighteen holes – can do wonders on your health. It has been reported that playing golf can improve sensorimotor control. On top of this is the revitalising effects of fresh air and enjoyment. Even better, if you play a round of golf with some friends. Australia is blessed with numerous magnificent golf courses. Go and check some out.

Australian Over 50s Living & Lifestyle Guide

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