Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Taking Fitness to Another Level - Brain Fitness

Whoever said games were just for children were clearly mistaken, because Penny Wilson, owner of Nognz brain-fitness store, is here to tell you otherwise with her line of games and software designed specifically for the adults of today. Penny says, “I think it’s really important to make people aware that what science used to tell us is as you age, your brain slowly degenerates, but in the last 10 years, they’ve proven no- you can rebuild your brain just like you can rebuild other muscles in your body.”

Penny Wilson , owner of Nognz brain fitness store.  Photo by The Vancouver Sun

Undoubtedly, this concept of “brain fitness” is a new terminology to our world, but it’s one of great significance, especially to those baby boomers seeking to continue their active and dynamic lifestyle in the future. By pushing your brain to its uppermost limits through different exercises and games, you can help your mental health reach its fullest potential and create a “stronger neural network” less susceptible to disease and damage.

Nognz brain fitness flagship store in West Vancouver, British Columbia

Just as people commit to physical fitness routine at the gym, people such as Penny Wilson are asking you to take into consideration your mental fitness routine. It’s not just about playing games; it’s about making a lifestyle change- a commitment to make time for your brain. As Wilson describes, “don’t just limit yourself to games and puzzles. Creating a healthy brain also requires good physical fitness and nutrition, stress management and socialization”, she said. “Stress actually kills your brain cells.”

The good news for you empty nesters out there? Organizations like Pohlig have established lifestyle communities, such as their Athertyn at Haverford Reserve, designed to provide you with exactly that type of environment Penny Wilson was describing. Through Athertyn’s simplified, maintenance-free lifestyle, homeowners can enjoy maintaining their dynamic way of life in a stress-free environment, while pursuing those activities that they enjoy and that feed their body the fuel that it needs. Athertyn residents participate as active members of their community by partaking in various brain and physical fitness hobbies, such as their bridge-playing groups, weekly yoga classes at their clubhouse, and even their book clubs. Athertyn provides baby boomers with the perfect opportunity to create that healthy lifestyle and routine for improving the quality and condition of their well-being.

Athertyn at Haverford Reserve features a community game room (shown here on the right) so the residents may enjoy doing puzzles or a good game of bridge or backgammon.

Learn more about Nognz by visiting their web site at http://www.nognz.com/

1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting article. It is clear that the coming years there will be a revolution in the brain fitness sector. Many of the software are today also available online but few of them are truly scientifically validated even if they claim the contrary. So be careful! One I would recommend to check as it is free is CogniFit (http://www.cognifit.com) You can take your personalized cognitive assessment in a matter of minutes.