My five year old daughter has recently become rather addicted to "Where's Waldo" type activities. I bought her a book for Christmas that progresses in difficulty from page to page. This got me thinking about other ways testers may keep their brain sharp.

When time avails, and I do not feel much like reading, I may do a few cryptograms or word/logic puzzles just to stretch my brain.

What types of activities, outside of testing, do you participate in to keep your brain sharp?

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1. Daily physical exercise aboard an elliptical
2. Omega-3 Fish Oil
3. Wii-Fit with my bride
4. Read a book every 2 weeks
5. "Exercise" my midi-studio
6. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku & Spider Solitaire
7. Per day drink a glass of red-wine known to contain resveratrol
8. Promote frequent laughter - with or without the influence of number 7.
I also follow your numbers 2, 4, and 7... though sometimes 7 becomes multiplied, especially upon the end of an intense product release cycle :)

I usually walk as well, but this winter the exercise has been mostly in shoveling and moving snow around.
Reading the posts on here and the blogs of a lot of the members is quite enough activity for my brain
Outside of core work hours I'll:-

1. Continue to read work/testing related material
2. Work on non-objective improvement stuff for work
3. Continue learning VB
4. Go to the gym / football training
5. I'm partial to the odd sudoku
"sharp as bubblewrap" is quite funny....

I like the idea of picking up a book on a topic you have "no keen interest in", have you read anything that caused you to "have" an interest in it?
Just started doing Tai Chi, haven't been able to work it into a testing analogy yet....
I try doing some social work in my free time..
Exactly how it is when we have our busy season... trying to "do some social work"....
My mother's 80, with a razor sharp brain (and tongue!) and a social life that makes me tired thinking about it.

She's a ferociously competitive Bridge player, to a very high standard. She claims that it keeps her brain active and wards off old age. She's also hooked on Sudokus and the like.
James,

Are you taking notes? :-)
Your mother is right. Studies prove her claim. Yet another reason why we should listen to our mothers ;)
1. Daily physical exercise (gym, tennis, running or swimming)
2. Learning new language (currently learning Japanese)
3. Love drawing,cooking and playing bass guitar(everyday if possible)
4. Read books/Articles/Forums/blogs on different things and not just testing
5. Playing MTG.

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