03/29/2018
spring biking brain health

The Best Spring Activities
for Your Brain

It may not feel like it yet, but spring is officially here. The warmer temperatures and longer days mean you will most likely spend more time outdoors. This means new activities to be done that were not possible with the cold, snowy winter conditions. Here are four of the best spring activities that benefit both your body and brain health:
 

  • Garden
  • Bike outside
  • Spring clean
  • Channel your inner artist

 

4 Brain Benefiting Spring Activities

  1. Garden. Gardening is a great way to experience nature, no matter if you live in a high-rise apartment, or on several acres of land. When you garden, you will be getting some quality physical activity in your day. Gardening is considered a moderate-intensity exercise, like walking. Another benefit? You can share your gardening expertise with your friends, children, and grandchildren. Teaching others is great for brain health! You’ll also be creating mindfulness. Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening both inside and outside yourself. If you haven’t picked up gardening yet, it may be time to start! This spring season is the perfect time to start this new hobby.
     
  2. Bike outside. This one may be obvious, but there are just so many benefits to exercising and the outdoors, that we had to include it. A simple way to get outside is to get on your bike! If possible, ditch your car and use your bike to run errands. Biking is a low-impact exercise that helps you burn calories, improves your cardiovascular fitness, builds strength, and benefits your brain health. When you bike, it increases the hippo-campus – part of the brain that helps with memory and learning. Research has found that when you exercise outside, it may have a greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym. Outdoor exercise has been shown to improve attention and focus, motivate you to keep exercising, and the fresh air can give you more energy. A win for your body and your brain health.
     
  3. Spring clean. The beginning of spring is a great time to open all of the windows and do a deep clean. Over the winter months, dust and clutter can accumulate which can impact your overall health and brain health. When you do a spring cleaning, your overall health will benefit. Cleaning your home of mildew and dust will improve the air quality in your home. You’ll also find that your productivity may increase. When you do a deep clean, you can put items that have fallen out of place back where they belong, and get rid of items you no longer use. Knowing where everything is saves you time, making you more productive!
     
  4. Channel your inner artist. Even if you have zero artistic ability, it’s still fun to get outside and (attempt) to paint the scenery! Set up a spot in a park, or your local community garden and paint to your own desire. Creating art can be beneficial for your brain health – when you paint, you’ll be giving your brain a break from its usual thoughts, and allow it to have more creative thinking. Out-of-the-box thinking will stimulate your brain, benefiting your overall health!

The new activities you can do this season are endless. What is your favorite way to celebrate spring? Let us know!