Motivation for Workout

8 Ways to Stay Motivated During a Workout October 08, 2012     You’ve just started your workout and you’re already over it. But let’s be honest; those two and a half minutes on the elliptical don’t really count as a workout. So how do you keep going? Everyone has different things that motivate them to follow through with a workout; if you’re not sure what yours are yet, try some of these ways to motivate yourself to push through to the end of a workout and feel great. Choose the right music: Studies have found that people tend to work out longer and harder when...

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Brain Power On and Off the Pitch

 An article in the New York Times referenced recent research that suggests that there is a relationship between soccer skill and higher brain function, specifically “Executive Function”. If you came to the conclusion that this area of brain is probably important, than you would be absolutely correct. It is after all the “Executive” of the brain. This area of brain is parked right up front in the Pre-Frontal cortex and is job description of planning, organizing and sequencing events. When this area of brain is not doing well a person might have difficulty with judgment,...

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Brain Training in Sports – Bragging Helps Us Learn

“Bragging gives the same sensation of pleasure as food and money”. Using special imaging of brain, Harvard neuroscientists demonstrated that self disclosure increases activity of the meso-limbic dopamine system. This system is the same system that is associated with the sense of reward or satisfaction from food, money or sex. So essentially, talking about ourselves, sharing our thoughts and feelings makes us feel good. Now, it is not just about feeling good! That dopamine pathway is key to a lot of other functions including learning (associative and procedural), working memory...

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Window 4: IM – TBI, Concussion Management, Sports Performance

Historically, the Interactive Metronome has been used to help those with ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, sensory integration issues, dyspraxia, balance disorders, concussions and other traumatic brain injury or brain disorder rehabilitation. However, it is now also being used to optimize sports performance. This blog and the other blog “windows” into brain function are not intended for anybody to make any diagnosis or determine treatment for anybody. It is simply intended to help patients understand what a functional approach to neurology, brain function, concussion...

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Body Brain Boot Camp by Brain Centers NW

An exclusive BODY and BRAIN training program has been developed for the Issaquah Soccer Club. A few of the Gunners’ teams will go through an introductory training program over the next few weeks prior to Regionals. I want to use this blog to communicate some of the things we have been doing and why. Please feel free to post questions. Let’s start by clarifying that I am not a soccer coach. As a matter of fact, I barely played the sport. However, I’ve played a lot of other sports and understand the mindset needed at a competitive level. My background is the brain....

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Gait Training at Body Brain Boot Camp

Some players observed this week REALLY have some challenges with their gait. I hear things like “that is just his or her running style”. No it isn’t. It is the way they run as a consequence of the motor patterns they’ve developed, their coordination and their body awareness. These are all brain functions and functions that can be changed. Additionaly, various asymmetries in joint angulation can be observed which is a reflection of brain function. Motor patterns are built through procedural learning which happens with repetition. Develop a bad habit and every time...

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