Develop Neuroplasticity: Learn Five “New” Tricks You Can Teach Your “Old” Brain!
This ‘train-ability’ is called neuroplasticity. If you’re a MissionFit athlete or have been reading recent posts on the MissionFiTLife.com site, then you should be somewhat familiar with the concept of neuroplasticity.
Re-Training The Brain
In her article, Hack Your Neuroplasticity With These Five Tricks, Schlessinger writes:
“There’s trauma stuck in your brain and your autonomic nervous system (ANS) patterns. These aren’t fixed, immovable structures – they can be changed by trauma and neural exercises.”
MissionFiT athletes participating in person recently completed warm-up exercises including:
- Scattergories Rounds While Planking
- Slam Ball “Hot Potato”
- One Foot Balance While Removing Sneaker
If you want a challenge, try thinking of 10 different words that start with “J” while trying to maintain a steady elbow plank! That’s the basics behind neuroplasticity. By learning something new, you can develop your brain to respond more quickly and easily to difficult life events.
- Break free from habits that don’t serve them & build new ones
- Learn new skills
- Manage reactive emotions
- Think more clearly & expand the ability to focus
Additionally, Intermittent Fasting can also help your brain rewire itself by lowering leptin levels in your system. According to Schlessinger, “Leptin is a hormone that signals to the brain you’ve got enough stored fat, and this makes it so you’re not hungry. When leptin levels are lowered during fasting, the brain receives a signal to produce more energy, which then repairs cells and promotes neuron growth.” And more neuron growth equals more neuro-pathways for your brain to follow. Sounds like a win-win for your brain and your body!
- Past MissionFiT Posts on Neuropathways and Neuroplasticity
- Intermittent Fasting 101 – Healthline
- Neuroplasticity – Video by Sentis Brain Animation Series