Train your brain

Your brain gets very little stimulation in every day life. Giving your brain new experiences sharpens your mind, helps memory and makes cells stronger and more resistant to the effects of aging.

Changing your daily routine is the key to a healthier mind. For example, choose new routes. On a routine commute, your brain gets very little stimulation. An unfamiliar route activates the cortex and hippocampus.  You can also take new routes when walking, cycling or using public transport. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, join a dance class. If you are athletic, try embroidering. Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand.

The only way to continue to stimulate your mind is to give it new challenges and to stay away from your comfort zone. So once you master something, challenge yourself with the next level of difficulty or learn a related skill. Just as your body gets soft from the lack of physical activity, your brain gets  slow from too much routine. You will need an elastic band and a set  of dumbbells.

To be continued….

Varvara Solomonidou,Wellness Specialist, Personal Trainer, Seminar & Conference Lecturer, Pilates Master Trainer “AthensTrainers® Ultimate Pilates System®”, Member of Pilates Method Alliance (PMA),  Member of European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO), DNAFit®  Certified Trainer, General Manager & Owner of AthensTrainers®

Sofia Papageorga, Yoga &  Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, AthensTrainers® Associate

Photos by Eleanna Kourkoulopoulou