A healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy brain. We know that what we eat and drink has a direct impact on the cells of our brain and body. But it’s also how we spend our days that has a big effect on our health in later life.
As the Brain Foundation of Australia points out, our brains start to decline by the age of 40 and those parts that we don’t often use are the parts that will deteriorate first. For maximum brain health we need to do a variety of things rather than just repeating the same activities that we always do. It is an excellent game-plan for warding off dementia.
Solve puzzles for good brain health
Solving puzzles each day is a great way to exercise your brain and have fun at the same time. Why not set yourself the task to solve a crossword or a codeword over the breakfast or during your commute to work? You will energise your mind, boost your memory and be totally prepared (mentally) for the day ahead. The benefits of regular puzzling are huge. Start with easy puzzles and graduate to harder ones as you become more proficient. It doesn’t take long, and it is very satisfying.
The whole brain fitness picture
Don’t forget that using your brain is only one part of keeping it healthy. You need to exercise your body to keep your circulation going. You need to eat a healthy diet to keep your cells nourished. You can solve puzzles to keep your mental fitness in check and keep the threat of developing dementia at bay. Embrace life as much as you can by experiencing different activities, both physical and mental The message ‘move it, or lose it’ is one that cannot be emphasised strongly enough.