I did brain fitness home workouts as a kid. Had my own weights.
I began lifting weights when I was 13 years old, with Gary Hembrough, who played football at the University of Illinois. Mr. Hembrough was a teacher and coach at Centennial Junior High School in Champaign, Illinois back then, and he had played football at the University of Illinois, so he was a hero to us youngsters in the locker room.
But long story short, working out has always been about going to the gym for me, working up a heavy sweat, (got to be at least 3 pounds worth), maybe lifting, but time on the elliptical trainer, the treadmill, and the stairmaster for sure, or skipping rope, or maybe, if I can get the kid to the YMCA, batting around a raquetball for my aerobic work. That is also the time I do my daily prayer and meditation, when I am breathing deep and in an altered mental state.
My membership at the YMCA includes access to handball and raquetball courts, the basketball court, dry and wet sauna, and the, aaaaah, hot tub, which I use frequently, and when my kids were little, until just this fall when Hannah Marie started pre-school, an excellent daycare facility which kept them active and socializing with a kids older and younger, so I used my membership frequently.
If I could not go workout, I would definitely do a fairly intense rope skipping workout at home, because I felt so much better after a good sweat.
But now I am 69 and I do not run like I used to even just a few years ago, but I want to stay physically fit until they plant me, so I am still working out at least four times per week, and that doesn't count snow shoveling or lawn mowing.
And I am reading that physical exercise is a key piece of the brain fitness puzzle, that cardiopulmonary exercise is an important part of what keeps neurogenesis (the birth of new brain cells) going, so I am delighted that aerobic exercise is a key piece of what I am doing already for my brain fitness.
But then I was introduced to the work of Scott Tousignant, from Canada, aka The Fit Bastard, who says he does not have time to go to the gym for an hour or two per day, does not even like to stay for 1/2 hour.
Scott does these intense aerobic workouts at home, in the office, with the kids and the cat wandering through, sometimes with his wife Angie, sometimes by himself, without a lot of equipment or bowflex machines, ect. and he looks like he just came out of one of those muscle magazines.
Scott has an excellent idea and plan for brain and physical fitness.
Working out at home, briefly, intensely, no melodrama, and you get to look like him too?
You will notice that Scott has not invested an arm and a leg in equipment, and as he demonstrates in his videos, his primary "equipment" in his routine is his attitude, his mindset.
He reminds himself frequently of the need to make wise choices in regards to his behavior. That happens in the brain folks, that is where we make choices about the words that go through our heads which move our bodies. So today, I will exercise at my office by going up the stairs to the second floor two more times. Just because I can.
I know I can do two more trips, just an afternoon break to get the heart going, and feel the brain cells bursting with vigor.
The human orienting response, which is what keeps us switching our attention around in the world, operates on an as need basis, if there is movement around me, I pay attention, and could lose my focus if I do not remind myself of the need to switch back to my original focus, unless I am visualizing myself 40 pounds lighter by Christmas.
That is an OK image to use to switch my brain into and out of.
Makes the Fit Brain guy go, hmmmm?
About the author:
Scott Tousignant, BHK, CFC is the creator of Unstoppable Fat Loss, "What separates the people who achieve fat loss success, from those who struggle to lose weight.”
Scott has also authored 2 books that are transforming the bodies of people around the world. "The Fit Chic" and "The Fit Bastard" not only contain a FULL YEAR of workouts, they provide intense motivation to drive you to fat loss success.
When I was beginning my personal growth journey, a wise person told me that when I was feeling resentful or afraid or sad, that I should remember the phrase "gratitude is the attitude" when I was ready to feel better. That phrase has helped me feel better tens of thousands of times.
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