3. Pick a new hobby
Learning a new skill is also a great way to give your brain a workout. Creative skills especially, like music, dance, and visual art, exercise different parts of your brain and all have incredible benefits. Learning how to play an instrument is another way to exercise your brain. Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. You can also take up a new hobby that involves fine-motor skills, such as knitting, drawing or painting. Scientists say stimulating activities such as sport, reading, socialising and travelling, not only keep the mind sharp but also stave off depression.