Pilates for the brain

Read to the end, it’s very interesting.

Are you forgetting?

“What’s the name of this film in which the artist who appears is beautiful?…
Yes man! Tall, with black hair. The one who sometimes worked with that wonderful actor he calls himself… who worked on a very famous play.
You already know who I’m talking about, don’t you?”

30. And so we start

From the age of thirty, in general, we start to notice that we have little forgetfulness:

  • What’s this boy’s name? I know him so well.
  • What time was the meeting, at 5:00 or 5:30?
  • This, how did they tell me it worked?
  • My keys, where did I leave them?
  • What floor am I parked on?

But nothing like when we exclaim…
“They stole my car!” Without realizing that we left through another door of the shopping center.

Even though these small oversights do not affect our lives, they cause us anxiety.
With terror, we think that the brain is starting to turn to jelly and we are worried about becoming like this elderly aunt, who remembers in small details everything about her childhood, but cannot remember what she did yesterday or even this morning.
If this sounds familiar, don’t worry, be hopeful.
There are many myths where people mistakenly link age with poor memory.
Neuroscientists have proven that:
Short-term memory loss is not due to the age or death of neurons, which die but regenerate, but to the reduction in the number of connections between them, of neurons or dentrites (branches of neurons).
This happens for a simple reason: lack of use.
It’s very simple. Just as an unused muscle atrophies, dentrites also atrophy if they don’t bind often, and the brain’s ability to receive new information is reduced.
Admittedly, exercise helps a lot to alert the mind; there are also vitamins and medicines that enhance and strengthen memory.
However, there’s nothing like making our brain manufacture its own food: Neurotrophins.
The neurotrophins
They are molecules that produce and secrete nerve cells and act as food to stay healthy.
The more active the brain cells are, the more neurotrophins they produce and this creates more connections between different areas of the brain.
What can we do?
What we need is to do pilates with the neurons:
– stretch them,
– surprise them,
– get out of your routine,
– introduce them to unexpected news and fun through emotions, smell, sight, touch, taste and hearing.
The result? The brain becomes more flexible, more agile, and your memory capacity increases.
You probably think…
I read, work, exercise and a thousand other things during the day. So my mind must be very stimulated.
The truth is that most of our lives become a series of routines…
Think of a common, running day or week.
What’s different about your daily routine?
The way to work, the time you eat or return home, the time you spend in the car, the time and programs you watch on television?
Routine activities are unconscious
They make the brain work automatically and require a minimum of energy.
Experiences go through the same neural pathways already formed.
There is no production of neurotrophins.
Some exercises that substantially expand dentrites and neurotrophin production:
  1. TRY at least once a week to take a shower with your eyes closed. Just by touching it, locating the taps, adjusting the water temperature, picking up soap, shampoo or shaving cream. You’ll see how your hands will notice textures you never noticed before.
  2. USE NON-dominant hand. Eat, write, open the toothpaste, brush your teeth, open the drawer with the hand that costs you most to use.
  3. READ out loud: different circuits will be activated, in addition to the ones you use to read silently.
  4. CHANGE your routes, go through different paths to go to work or home.
  5. CHANGE your routine. Do different things. Go out, meet and talk to people of different ages, jobs and ideologies. Experience the unexpected. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Go out into the field, walk, hear yourself.
  6. CHANGE the location of some things. It knows where everything is, the brain has already built a map. For example, move the trash can, and you’ll see the number of times you’ll dump it in the old place.
  7. LEARN a skill. Anything: photography, cooking, yoga, studying a new language. If you like puzzles or pictures, cover one eye to lose depth perception, so the brain has to trust and look for other routes.
  8. IDENTIFY objects. Place a container with several different coins in the car and feel with your hand so that, while you are standing at a traffic light, try to identify each one with your fingers.

Why don’t we open our minds and try these simple exercises that, according to Duke University Medical Center Neurobiology studies, expand our memory?

Hopefully, we’ll never ask again:
“Where did I leave my keys?”

You can find the original PPT here: https://pt.slideshare.net/ncosta24/pilates-para-o-crebro translate by JVC (zecord). Couldn’t find the original.

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