If you are concerned about age and cognitive function, it may help to know that you do have some control. All parts of the body age, and that includes the brain. But just like regular physical exercise can keep your body flexible and strong, mental exercise can increase brain activity.
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How Changing Routines Can Increase Brain Activity
You may have heard that certain activities, such as crossword puzzles can help, as well as certain games that have been created specifically to increase brain activity. These are great ideas, but there is more you can do. You've probably also heard that certain diet choices and supplements can help, and that is also true. Physical activities, such as regular walks, swimming and aerobics helps by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.
Often overlooked though, is routine. Most people tend to be creatures of habit. We take the same routes when we go places. We eat at the same restaurants. We go to the same parks and shopping centers. Routine can feel good, but it doesn't stimulate the brain. In fact, when we continually do the same things the same ways, it allows our brain to go on "autopilot."
This isn't good for brain activity and cognitive function. By changing up your routine, you stimulate the brain, you tend to be more alert, and the unfamiliar surroundings and activities challenge the brain. This is a great way to increase your brain's activity, and keep life interesting!
At Sarasota Bay Club, we have plenty of activities to keep your mind and body stimulated, from card and game rooms, an art studio and woodworking shop, library and reading room, and more! Contact us today to find out more about what we offer and if Sarasota Bay Club is right for you.