TRAIN YOUR BRAIN To Thrive From Nine to Five

Age 42: The age our brain begins to power down. 

What is in better shape: your brain or your body?

We cannot rest on our laurels believing “once smart, always smart.”  We must constantly engage our brain to keep it sharp.

Our bodies are outliving our brains. We feel the aches and pains of physical loss, but what about indications of mental decline?

Statistics Canada tells us that the life expectancy for those born in 1972 is 69 for males and 76 for females.  Yet our cognitive brain performance peaks in our early 40’s. That means mental functions like memory, speed of thinking, problem solving, reasoning and decision making can start to deteriorate in our last 30 or 40 years of life.

The direction our brain health goes depends on us and the way we challenge it – at home, work and play.

Harnessing the power of our frontal lobe (the part of our brain responsible for planning reasoning, novel thinking, decision making, judgement and managing emotions) will increase creativity, energy and focus as well as support mental independence throughout our life span.

Just as we’ve come to realize that we can improve our physical health through diet and workouts, so too can we improve our cognitive health.

The truth is our brain adapts from moment to moment depending on how we use it.  It either declines or improves.  The direction our brain health goes depends on us and the way we challenge it – at home, work and play.

Science shows that our brain is at least as modifiable if not more so, as any other part of our body.  Taking advantage of a unique quality known as neuroplasticity, the brain’s inherent ability to adapt and change throughout life, you can train your brain for health and productivity. 

Enter Ageless Grace® - a new brain and body exercise.  http://agelessgrace.com/

This movement introduces all ages and all abilities to the 21 Simple Tools for Lifelong Comfort and Ease. Each tool addresses a primary factor that causes aging in the body.  All 21 tools stimulate and utilize the five areas of the brain – analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall and creativity and imagination!

Ageless Grace re-opens the neural pathways that were created from the time you were born until approximately the age of 21 years old. Functional and cognitive skills were developed through typical childhood games, sports and activities that are now no longer “practiced” as adults. The 21 Tools of Ageless Grace re-open those pathways and equally important create new ones by practicing functional movements we don’t already know how to do.

Practicing, remembering and learning these simple skills allow positive results to come surprisingly quickly – much like remembering how to ride a bicycle after many years. This is where neuroplasticity takes place (the ability of the brain and nervous system to change structurally and functionally) and is vital to active aging and youthful function.

Denise Medved, Creator and Founder of Ageless Grace talks about neuroplasticity here: https://youtu.be/GG5pGFSOeeU   

The movement Tools of Ageless Grace are organic and focus on using the core to stimulate cognitive function and physical function simultaneously. The Tools are practiced sitting in a chair for stability and range of motion. Ageless Grace is easy to do at the office or at home.

Before your next meeting pick 3 upbeat songs and try these 3 Ageless Grace Exercise Tools – just 10 minutes with participants seated in a chair.

Exercise Tool #1 Juicy Joints
Benefits: Joint Mobility and Ligament Flexibility, Circulation

Body Parts to Move:  Ankles and Wrist, Knees and Elbows, Hips and Shoulders, Fingers and Toes, Spine (Neck, between Shoulder Blades, Lower Back

Ways to Move Them:  Circling, Up & Down, In & Out, Rolling and Waving, Shaking, Pulsing, Vibrating

Exercise Tool #18 Shake It Up Baby
Benefits:  Fascia/Connective Tissue, Nervous System Stimulation, Skin and Connective Tissue Health, Agility

Body Parts to Move:  Arms and Legs, Shoulders, Rib Cage, Chest Muscles, Back of the Body, Jawbone (Relax! Open the mouth slightly and part the teeth) and Head, Open Hands (rather than clenched)

Ways to Move Them: Shake, vibrate, shimmy, tremor, with abandon and lack of self-consciousness; Relaxing the muscles and ligaments; release and let go!; Loosening the Fingers and Hands; Dropping the Jaw or opening the Mouth

Exercise Tool #17 Grab Bag
Benefits: Dexterity in the Hands, Finger and Ankles; Muscle strength, Joint Flexibility and Mobility, Eye-hand Coordination, Right/left Brain Function

Body Parts to Move:  Fingers, Hands and Arms, Head, Eyes and Neck as you watch what your hands are doing, Spine (neck and shoulder blades and lower back)

Ways to Move Them: In the spirit of playful , childlike wonder; Quickly, sharply, with great speed; High and low engaging the spine and lower body; Reaching under the legs, under the sides and front of the chair to engage the hip joints

Barbara Kunz is an Ageless Grace Trainer and Educator in London.  She has been teaching since 2012 and has seen many positive results when people take time to exercise their brain and body.

Consider an Ageless Grace session at your next staff meeting.

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References:

www.agelessgrace.com

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/health26-eng.htm

http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/