Research demonstrates that learning new things and having new experiences can aid in preventing memory loss and keep the brain alert in the process.
Engaging in novel activities is like taking your brain tissue to the gym. This encourages more connections to be formed and strengthened.
The outcome is that individuals tend to have less age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.
Just as we exercise other parts of the body, our brain needs a good workout too. Remember, it’s about trying something novel:
- Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand.
- Cook a food you’ve never prepared before.
- Pick a word and learn to say it in a variety of languages.
- Give a new sport a try.
- Learn a new dance.
- Pick up a new hobby such as crocheting or gardening.