5 Hobbies That Will Make You Smarter

Exercise

Exercise

Okay, so this is a bit of a blanket we've thrown over the exercise section of what might be considered a hobby. But it really doesn't matter which form of exercise you take up, they'll all promote a smarter you.

A healthy body which gets regular exercise will result in flow on effects fro the brain. The relationship between the two should not be underrated.

It's all about better circulation. Better blood flow to the brain means better ideas flow through it.

Meditation

Meditation

The major benefit of meditation is to help you become better acquainted with who you are. If that sounds a little too new agey for some people, you needn't think of it that way.

Basically, channeling your focus on to one thing, whether it be your breathing or whatever, will reduce stress in your life and reduce your tendency to worry. This, in turn, frees your brain up to be used on more productive things.

Try it before you dismiss it.

Reading

Reading

This goes without saying but we have to mention it anyway.

You don't have to be reading text books about science though - it's allowed to be fun. Even if you're not what they call a "reader" typically, chances are there is some subject out there that you will find engaging.

The workout that your brain gets from such things will be invaluable for brain fitness.

Learn A Language

Learn A Language

Okay, so we get it - this is never going to be an easy thing and you really need to apply yourself if you're going to see actual results.

However, if you're prepared to put in that effort, the rewards go well beyond just being able to order food at an exotic restaurant.

It takes some commitment but you'll be happier, more proud, and smarter at the end of it.

Learn An Instrument

Learn An Instrument

You know the guy who plays only one section of one song, over and over again, every time your greater circle of friends gets together for drinks around a fire? Don't be that guy!

Learning a new instrument isn't necessarily easier when you're younger - it's just that kids a less afraid to make mistakes and so learn quicker (the same can be said about learning a language too!).

Have a go. Various studies have proven that learning to play music improves memory. In the words of Shia LaBeouf; "Do it! Just DO IT!!!!"