Neuro Fitness - Retraining My Brain
I've been experimenting a bit with different types of exercise lately (hula hooping, stretching/balancing and silks) to see the type of effect it has on my body. Not in a physical way, but a neuro fitness way. You see, my left side is numb - pretty much all of the time. When I train hard, it likes to curl up, and often I get confused about what it is that I am trying to do.
So by trying out some more gentle types of exercise that require a bit more brain power or coordination has been super interesting. The hula hooping took a bit of effort to get started, but then it seemed to click. I can now spin it for about 30 seconds, but the second I try to do anything with my arms or to move my lower body, it's all over. I assume that's quite common, but I'm determined to train my brain to be able to do it. Watch this space.
Silk on the other hand is a totally different ball game. There's lots of time to take breaks and to readjust physically, but I simply CANNOT remember what it is I am trying to do. My teacher will tell me about 3 steps very slowly and calmly (yes, she has the patience of a saint!), but before she has even got half the words out, I have lost the first part of what she is saying. It got so bad that she actually asked why I was finding it so difficult to remember. "Oh just Memory problems" was my reply. She probed further until I admitted that I had had a brain injury as a kid. "I'm all good now though" I said wanting to take things back to being 'normal'.
So whilst it may have taken some very specific instruction to get me there, and I may only be 3cm off the ground, to get up into this position definitly feels like a win to me. In ways this less physical activity is harder than a something like an intense Crossfit session, which goes to show that more work can be done. Watch out brain, I'm on a mission to make you stronger...