I bet you believe that playing video games sucks the life out of you, or that messing around on your guitar isn’t the best use of your time, or even that learning a new language is useless unless you’re planning on visiting Italy or applying for a job in China.

Well, turns out all three of these activities, along with working and reading, are some of the best hobbies to exercise your brain. Yes, besides being relaxing and entertaining, these basic pastimes can make you smarter without you even knowing it.

And because we all love scientific proof, let this infographic explain why this is true, and maybe why you should consider hitting the gym tomorrow or using your lunch break to read a book.

Infographic courtesy of Entrepreneur. Photo of guitar courtesy of Shutterstock.