While we are over here blogging about running and fitness, let’s not forget to exercise your mind as well. Enriching your intellect is a huge part of wellness, and the human brain can definitely benefit from “stretching” and “workouts.”
What are some ways to help exercise your mind toward more overall fitness? Check out these tips.
When it is safe to do so (and you are comfortable), get of your bubble and explore different places. Travel helps us experience so many things to which we might not ordinarily be exposed in our hometowns and neighboring cities. Seeing other parts of the state, country, or world can open our eyes to new cultures, trends, foods, languages and customs. These expeditions, even ones we might find negative, are great teachable moments, and traveling is one of my favorite ways to fill my mind with new things.
Pick up a book, a newspaper, or a cereal box. Seriously. Read whatever you can get your hands on, whenever you can. Consume books that make you happy, articles that make you uncomfortable, stories that make you think. Reading teaches us so many things, including new ideas, lessons, and even vocabulary. It is such a valuable way to exercise your mind, and we should strive to do it as much as possible.
Get out of your echo chamber.
If you only surround yourself with similar opinions, you lose the ability to exercise your mind. Disagreements are part of life, but opening yourself to different viewpoints is both healthy and enriching, when done in a respectful fashion. The day we decide we can no longer learn from others is the day we lose our capacity for growth.
Puzzle it out.
No reason not to have fun when you exercise your mind. There are plenty of great games and brain teasers designed to help you stay sharp and keep your edge. Take on a jigsaw puzzle. Try out books of crossword puzzles, word searches or sudoku. Challenge your family to some trivia. You can even go the digital route with games like Tetris, or solitaire.
Take on a new hobby.
Hobbies can be great ways to exercise your mind. With technology today, it’s not very difficult to take an online class in a subject you’ve always wanted to study. In fact, virtual classes are becoming the new norm in these COVID times, allowing easy access to all kinds of courses. You can learn another language using apps and computer programs designed to go at your pace. Even on our busiest days, we can always take a moment to learn something new and see where it takes us.
My goal is to never stop learning, no matter what. Life is way too interesting to leave unexplored.
What is your favorite way to exercise your mind?
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