7 Ways to Exercise Your Brain
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Give Your Brain a Workout

Keeping your brain in shape has major lifelong benefits like enhancing your memory, building new synapses, and possibly helping delay the onset of illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. Even better news is that adding brain exercise to your fitness routine can be pretty simple. By changing up a few of your day-to-day activities and incorporating a variety of mental ability boosters, you can keep your brain sharp and in shape for the long haul. Aim for brain exercises that include novelty and challenges.

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