Monday, August 25, 2008
Medical Reports: Train Your Brain
It's becoming one of the hottest trends for those wanting to boost their memory or fight brain robbing diseases like Alzheimer's. Many are joining special brain gyms to help them workout their minds. Seven's Richard Lemus shows us a new place in South Florida where you can Train Your Brain.
WSVN -- Don't know where you put your car keys or where you parked the car? Tony Centore feels your pain.
Tony Centore: "My wife would give me a shopping list to go shopping. I would not only forget the items on the list, I forgot the list."
Worried his mind was aging faster than his body, Tony knew he needed something to boost his brain power.
Tony Centore: "You know, there is an old adage, 'If you don't use it, you're going to lose it.' I didn't want to lose it."
Several times a week Tony takes his brain to the gym. He joined Brain Aerobics in Dania Beach, the first center of it's kind in South Florida designed to help people keep their minds sharp.
Rella Levinstein: "At Brain Aerobics we focus on the three pillars of brain fitness, mental stimulation, physical exercise and relaxation."
A personal trainer will first lead you through computerized games meant to challenge your brain, the computer actually tracks your progress each time you do it. Then you'll have a workout session, since studies show exercise can improve circulation and oxygen to the brain, and finally, you'll do breathing techniques to relax.
Rella Levinstein: "Relaxation helps you bring blood flow to your brain, and this helps you stimulate your brain and helps you reduce your stress. Part of remembering better is making sure you're not stressed out."
For maximum results, you should workout your brain several times a week for about an hour, and it's for any age.
Rella Levinstein: "We see the best clients being 45 years old and up because this is the time normally the memory starts declining."
You can even hire one of the personal trainers to come to your house.
Tami Keinan: "It's convenient, and I like to be in my own environment."
Tami Keinan, who's a Realtor, decided she wanted to improve her memory while studying for her broker's exam.
Tami Keinan: "The class is very challenging, so I think this is a good time to get some crutches and some help to do the class well."
After just five sessions, Tony already feels like he's buffed up his brain.
Tony Centore: "Every single time I come in here I'm challenging myself. It's always a challenge."
And best of all, remembering his shopping list is no longer a challenge.
Tony Centore: "I have seen a vast improvement in myself."
Richard Lemus: "About three sessions at Brain Aerobics will cost you just over $300. You also can buy the computer software, and do the work on your own.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Brain Aerobics Center
213 E. Sheridan St.
Dania Beach, Fl 33004