Our bodies naturally slow down as we get older. Hearing, especially, is one of the things that becomes less sharp. Just because a person is aging, however, doesn’t mean his or her mind shouldn’t be active. Here are a few ideas for hobbies that will help to keep the mind fit and promote overall well-being.

Meditation can be beneficial in a variety of ways. Not only does it help to quiet the mind, studies have shown that people who meditate regularly have greater focus and mental acuity than those who don’t. Even a few minutes a day can do great things for your mental and emotional health.

Creating art of any kind keeps the mind engaged and active. Try painting, drawing, sculpting, knitting, quilting, woodwork, or anything that strikes your interest. Restoration is art, too. Take an old piece of furniture, car, or machine, and restore it like-new. It feels great to show off your creativity to friends and family. Be sure to wear protective equipment if you’re working with any tools.

Reading, whether fiction or nonfiction, helps to keep brain cells active and may even reduce the risk of dementia.

Swimming and walking are low-impact exercises that get your body active while helping you to clear your mind. These solo exercise times can help you to problem solve and come up with new ideas. Meeting a friend for a walk can help to keep you motivated and provide a good opportunity to catch-up.

What other hobbies have you found that are easy on the ears?

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