Practice Something New

The predictability of routines can be safe and comfortable. But did you know that learning and practicing something new can make you smarter? Research shows that the process of learning can increase the density of myelin, the insulating layer around nerves, may help the brain send signals faster?

New cells are formed when you learn something new because blood flow to key areas of the brain is increased. This boosted blood flow supports new brain growth, helps keep the brain sharp and functioning at its best, and may even help prevent dementia. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started:

  • Travel somewhere you haven’t been before
  • Add different exercises to your workout
  • Cook a new recipe
  • Play a card game or board game
  • Listen to different music genres
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Learn a new skill – cooking, gardening, rock climbing, sewing, scrapbooking, etc.
  • Try a sport you haven’t played before
  • Change up your daily routine

There are so many wonderful options, so choose something you’ll enjoy. Aim to try one new activity each week, and go from there. You’ll see benefits not just from learning the activity, but also in practicing it over and over, so you don’t necessarily have to switch activities every week. 


Naomi Whittel

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