Keeping your brain youthful and healthy through Brain Fitness

The human brain is an amazing thing, and as the years have passed, we have learnt so much about how we need to care for our brains as we age.

Our brain contains about 100 billion cells. Brain information travels at about 400 kilometres per hour. The average brain has about 50 – 60,000 thoughts per day. According to Deepak Chopra, 95% of those thoughts are the same as yesterday. Our brain is capable of over 1,000 processes per second.

In recent times, one of the other discoveries is that we can train the brain, almost like fitness for the brain. Brain fitness can be defined as “the ability of the brain to learn what the organism needs to know to survive in a changing environment.” This brain fitness becomes ever critical as the hands of time move forward. By maintaining better brain fitness, we can positively affect:

  • Working memory
  • The ability to plan
  • Processing speed
  • Response Time
  • Focused attention

Unlike the muscles we see, maintaining brain fitness is less about lifting weights (although that has been shown to help your brain too) and more about flexing through learning and mental stimulation.

Think things like puzzles and word games, learning new languages or taking up a skill that combines mental dexterity and challenges you mentally.

Your food choices can also significantly impact your cognitive functions as you age – maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, keeping your blood pressure in check and enjoying lots of fresh vegetables, fish, nuts, unsaturated oils (olive oil) will all contribute to staying sharper, longer.

Aside from managing stress and avoiding too much alcohol, sleep is the other major contributing factor to managing cognitive decline as we age. According to the Psychiatric Times, “sleep is arguably one of the most important requirements for good brain health”. Whilst there is tremendous variation in what each of us needs. Generally, you want to aim for between 5 and 10 hours per night. The reason sleep is so critical is described by John J Miller MD, “the information and experiences of the day are consolidated in the various specialty areas of the brain’s cortical regions from the brain’s hippocampus, where they are stored temporarily during the day. Throughout the day, the hippocampus serves a function much like the random access memory (RAM) of a computer-without the storage of the day’s events in the cerebral cortex that occurs during sleep, the memory of these events will be impaired less enduring”. In short, we lose our ability to access and store memories when we don’t get enough sleep.

At OsteoStrong, we love to challenge everyone’s brain capacity, and typically this is done after our incredible Spectrum circuit on the VibePlate. After pre-priming our nervous system and high impact emulation via osteogenic loading, our brain is in a highly excitable state. This is a fantastic opportunity to target a task, technique or skill or try something new.

Our brain will absorb the exercise and process it at a much higher rate. Our prime example of this is the fast way our brain can work with the body to improve balance. If there’s something you wish to improve on or get better at, have a chat with your coaches and get started integrating at your next session!

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