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Neuro Fitness - Retraining My Brain

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...

 

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