One of the key principles of brain fitness is challenge.
You know that you have to make your muscles work if you want to get stronger. It's the same for your brain - you need to challenge it if you want to maintain your brain fitness.
These brain boosts are fun, challenging and take just a couple of minutes.
Exercises like this Brain Boost Challenge work by retraining your brain. It will become more flexible and better able to master new tasks. Having a versatile and flexible brain will make life feel easier - you won't feel so stressed by new situations or challenges.
How else can you apply this challenge principle?
If you do crosswords, do hard ones. Or the cryptic one, if that's what you normally avoid.
You could also set yourself a time limit so you are under more pressure than usual.
Did you know that regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to protect your brain?
Exercise has been shown to exert a protective force on the neurons of the hippocampus. That's the part of your brain which deals with short-term memory. It's also the area which is affected first by Alzheimer's disease.
Aerobic exercise in particular is considered to be protective of your brain (so brisk walking, swimming, dancing, anything that gets your heart rate up).