Being brain fit, well that’s intriguing. Coming from the physical side of things I was curious to read more about it in this article might be about.
15 Brain exercises to keep your mind sharp by Dr Lawrence Katz. Check out the full article at https://bebrainfit.com/brain-exercises
So what are brain exercises and why should you do them?
Brain exercises are activities stimulate your mind, shaking up your daily routine. To qualify as a brain exercise, the activity must be both novel and complex. This article tells us that our routines are run by our subconscious and require little brain energy. Therefore we need stimulation.
The benefits can be obvious such as better memory, faster thinking, better reaction times, improved concentration. And some less obvious such as creativity, more positive mood and greater self confidence.
Dr Lawrence Katz says most brain exercises are based only on sight, but he believes that all 5 senses should be engaged to fully exercise the brain.
So why am I interested in brain exercises (apart from maybe developing a better one), well number 13 on the list was “get physical exercise “ and also coming in at number 11 was “ make diverse social connections “. The idea of getting physical exercise as a brain exercise was considered possibly the most important thing you could do to keep your brain in good shape. Make sure you have a read of the article to see all of the benefits of exercise for your brain.
Some of physical benefits included getting more oxygen to the brain and an increase in feel good chemicals.
How Vintage integrates physical and mental fitness
The complex exercises used and designed by Vintage trainers in the sessions are, what Dr Katz says, are the most important types utilising nearly all the senses.
An example of this are multi directional lunges with a ball or a weight. This type of exercise uses upper and lower limbs simultaneously. Sight is required during the changing of multiple directions. Feel of the feet on the floor to maintain balance and the weight in hand. The complexity of the movement increases the brain stimulation to really make it a great brain exercise.
At Vintage Fitness we understand the importance of combining physical and mental elements to fitness. Our fitness programs are group training sessions, giving you an opportunity to meet different people, from different backgrounds, who have a common interest in maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing. Meeting others, it’s said, will open you up to new perspectives and stimulate your mental growth.
Give it a go
So as number 8 says “try new things”. Why not come along and try a Vintage class. Get fitter and smarter all at the same time!
As always give me a call if you want to chat or send me a message, but first I’m off to try the other top 15 ideas.