Neurobics, the unique new science of brain exercises
Based on the latest scientific research from leading neurobiology labs around the world - including what Dr. Katz was pioneering in his lab at the Dept of Neurobiology in the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. The deceptively simple exercise program is the first and only program scientifically based on the brain's ability to produce natural growth factors called neurotrophins that help fight off the effects of mental aging. Neurobic exercises use your five physical senses and your emotional sense in unexpected ways and encourage you to shake up your everyday routines. Neurobics don't require paper and pen or isolating yourself with puzzles. Everyday life is the Neurobic Brain gym. They can be done anywhere, anytime in offbeat, fun and easy ways while you're getting up, commuting, working, eating, shopping or relaxing. They are designed to help the brain manufacture its own nutrients that strengthen, preserve and grow brain cells.Something as simple as closing your eyes and using your other senses of touch, smell and spatial memory to unlock your door, enter your home at the end of the day and find your way to the coat closet and answering machine is a typical Neurobic exercise.
What happens in your brain while you're doing this becomes exercise because different, underused nerve pathways and connections get activated. The result is the production of a kind of natural brain fertilizer that strengthens nerve connections and helps them and your nerve cell receivers (dendrites) stay younger and stronger. And the benefit of that is a fit and flexible mind ready to meet any mental challenge whether it be remembering a name or where your car keys are or mastering a new computer program or staying creative in your work.
HOW TO AVOID A TRAFFIC JAM IN YOUR BRAIN
When three of the George Washington Bridge’s lanes in New York, New Jersey were closed down in 2013, traffic was almost at a complete standstill. That’s exactly what happens to your brain’s memory lanes when you don’t keep your brain’s nerve cell lanes open and healthy.
Each of your senses – vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch have their own sections in your brain. When you use a sense you’re sending electrical activity along all the pathways or lanes to that sense’s home and that is what exercises those lanes…helping to keep them fit and flexible and usable. If you close some of those neuronal lanes you can really slow things up.
And today in this fast moving world (unlike years ago) we mostly use only two senses – vision and hearing (you’re only using one of them at this moment unless you have something with audio in the background). So all the other lanes to your other three sense’s homes get closed down.
By relying mostly on sight and sound in your daily life you have three whole sections of your neuronal lanes leading to your memory bookcases in your brain that have their toll booths closed. This prevents you from sending information into or out of your brain easily or efficiently. So if you don’t consciously use all your senses, you create a mental traffic jam and think “Oh My Gosh! I’m losing it!”
Well, happily, this Neurobic system is a simple, natural way to help keep those mental toll booths open so your neuronal lanes stay fit, flexible and ready for traffic.
Based on worldwide neuroscience discoveries including Dr. Katz’s own breakthrough research at Duke University’s Department of Neuroscience, NEUROBICS, the new science of brain exercises uses simple, do it yourself, and fun, lifestyle activities that don’t require computers or DVDs or videos. Daily life is the NEUROBIC gym. Computer or video so-called brain exercises simply teach you do do a task faster using once again only your vision and sometimes your hearing senses. Same old, same old. All your other lanes are getting nothing just like in the Ft. Lee traffic jam last year.
It’s simple but it works both to keep your brain’s pathways active and to actually help create brain food molecules in your brain called neurotrophins.
We’re living and working longer than ever before and as we age we keep adding more and info into our brains. Many of you have learned to exercise your bodies to stay physically fit. But if you don’t do the same for your brains to keep mentally fit you’re losing out. NEUROBICS is to the brain as swimming is to the body - a way to keep all parts fit and flexible.