Your brain has the ability to learn and grow as you age, a process called brain plasticity!
But for it to do so, you have to train it on a regular basis. Embracing a new activity that also forces you to think and learn and requires ongoing practice can be one of the best ways to keep the brain healthy.
Here is how you can get ready to train your brain:
Pick one new activity. Devote your time and attention to only one additional activity, so you won't be tempted by other interests.
Sign up for a class. Classes are a good way to learn the basics of any new activity, especially one that requires specific skills, like painting or music.
Schedule practice time. Don't focus on the amount of time you practice at first, but rather aim for consistency. Devote what time you can, but be firm with your commitment. Schedule it and do it.
No matter what activity you choose make sure it will be:
Challenging. You have to always challenge your brain in order for it to grow. This is why choosing a new activity is so beneficial. It engages your brain to learn something new and offers the chance to improve.
Complexity. A complex activity not only strikes a match of excitement, but forces your brain to work on specific thought processes like problem solving and creative thinking.
Practice. Practice makes permanent, and that goes for brain function, too. The more time you devote to engaging your brain, the more it benefits you will have.