The fitness industry has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry in the past few years. From diets to exercise and everything in between, all the information you could want is at your fingertips. So, while most of us are more preoccupied with how we look, we can forget about keeping our brain and our mind healthy. What activities can you choose instead that can keep our brain active and from turning to mush?

  1. Mental stimulation

Whether it’s reading a book or doing a crossword puzzle, there is a lot of evidence that proves keeping your brain active will help maintain its health. Taking up a new activity such as learning a new language or taking up an art form can help make new connections between nerve cells in your brain to increase its power.

  1. Healthy eating

The benefits from healthy eating are not only seen in your body shape but also in your brain. Eating healthy foods, such as vegetables, nuts and fruits are said to decrease the chance of developing dementia when older. Cutting out food groups such as dairy or wheat are also said to help some feel better in body and mind.

  1. Sleep

There are studies that prove shift workers have a higher chance of suffering an early death. Getting enough sleep each night and building a steady sleep routine can positively affect your thought patterns, your skin and even your appetite. Giving your brain and body enough rest is essential to staying healthy.

  1. Cholesterol

Keeping your cholesterol low will decrease the chances of the onset of dementia when you are older. Diet, rest, exercise can all contribute to lower cholesterol if practiced correctly.

  1. Exercise

Studies show that those who perform exercise daily carry more oxygen rich blood to the brain. Exercise reduces stress as well as improving physical condition both of which can benefit your brain health. Those who exercise a lot when they are younger are less likely to develop dementia in their later years.

Keeping your brain active after a long day at the office is probably not on top of your radar. Numerous studies show that doing so will benefit your health in the long run. So, next time you feel the urge to sit down in front of the television for the night, throw the remote away and take out a new book to read and reap the benefits in years to come.