Challenge Yourself with this Brain Fitness Program

A brain fitness program has benefits regardless of your age. A thorough brain fitness program will not only challenge your mind, but will allow your body to get into the act, too.

Brain Games
Many think that memory loss is a natural part of aging. You can prove this wrong by playing brain games. Brain games can challenge your memory or can challenge your problem solving skills. These games can be as simple as using your left hand to eat instead of your right or as complex as high level crossword puzzles. The purpose is to make your brain exercise.

Keep Learning
Another part of your brain fitness program might be ongoing learning. No matter how many degrees you might have, there is always something else that you can learn. Go to a local adult learning center or community college to learn how to play the piano or learn a new language. This will not only tax your brain, it will force you to interact with new people, adding to the value of the experience.

Feed Your Brain
A good brain fitness program is not just about stretching your mind. It is also about feeding your brain. Brain foods include foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna and walnuts. Eat fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, avocados, oranges and cherries for their antioxidants. Proteins from lean meats, seeds, nuts, fish and poultry are a definite must. Basically, eat a diet that emphasizes omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants such as vitamins C, A and E, calcium, potassium and vitamin B, and you will be on your way to feeding your brain in a healthy manner.

Sound complex? This really isn't as tough as it sounds. If your diet is low fat, include servings of fish a couple of times a week, has a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and includes whole grains, you are not only on a diet that will help your brain, the diet will help with your overall health.

Get Training
Exercising your body will also benefit your brain. Participating in a regular exercise program provides terrific benefits, from relieving your stress levels to reducing the risks of developing heart disease and some cancers. Exercise also improves your body's ability to use oxygen. In addition, you are giving your motor skills a workout. 

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