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  • Neurofeedback and Exercise

    NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback for Performance AnxietyWe all know exercise is good for our physical fitness. What about mental fitness? Most of us know from personal experience that we may feel better emotionally if we move our bodies around more. I remind myself of that if I don’t want to go to the gym… I’m always happier when I’m done, and not just because I’m done. My body and my brain like it.

    Neurofeedback and Exercise

    The brain forms more new neurons when we exercise. These new neurons can be used for change. If you want to improve your golf or SAT score, be more relaxed or more focused, the training your brain gets from NeurOptimal® Dynamical Neurofeedback® takes advantage of those new neurons in whatever ways are right for you.

    But what if you just don’t like to exercise? Find something you do like that moves your body around.

    • Do you like to compete? Find a team sport to take up.
    • If you hate jogging, put on fast music that you love and dance.
    • Walk — park your car or get off the bus or subway a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way.
    • Don’t like yoga or Pilates? Try a martial art.

    As well as being good for your brain, as we all know there are cardiovascular and other health benefits from exercising. NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback for Performance AnxietyMost people with a little thought and experimenting can find a type of exercise that they don’t have to force or bribe themselves to do. I think that part is important — that the type of exercise you get is a fit for you and, if at all possible, fun.

    Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW-R
    New York Neurofeedback