What Is Brain Coaching: A Beginner’s Guide
The Importance of Brain Fitness
Brain fitness is the idea that, like our bodies, our brains need regular exercise to stay healthy. Just as you would have trouble running a mile if you hadn’t done so in five years, you’ll have trouble learning new things as you age if you have failed to keep your brain in good shape.
Practicing brain fitness can mean the difference between staying lucid long into your advanced age and being unable to remember how to get home from work. Your bain agility may also decline after a concussion or may not be perfect because of ADHD or depression symptoms.
Boosting Brain Fitness
The good news is that you can boost your brain fitness at any age and increase your cognitive capacity to perform better at home and at work.
Thanks to your brain’s innate ability to change – called neuroplasticity – you can grow new neurons, expand the blood supply of your brain, and make new connections to reverse the effects of aging, concussion, or ADHD on your brain.
Brain fitness is more than just a theory – there is a lot of scientific evidence that shows regular “workouts” for your brain can help reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s dementia, help you recover from concussion in a short period of time, or mitigate your ADHD symptoms without medications.
What Is Brain Coaching?
It may not surprise you to learn that, just like we have personal trainers to help keep our bodies fit, there are brain coaches who can help keep our minds sharp.
The Brain Coaches at our center have expertise in neuroscience and can use all the latest techniques to help you maximize your brain performance by giving you specific brain “workouts.” Like a personal trainer, they specialize in helping you improve skills, reach goals, and stay healthy.
It’s important to note that coaching is very different than counseling. Your brain coach is there to help you strengthen your memory, your ability to think quickly, and other mental agility traits.
If you feel you need help coping with anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses, please seek out the help of a licensed therapist.
Benefits of Brain Coaching
Brain coaching can offer you a ton of benefits, both in the long- and short-term. As we mentioned, practicing brain fitness exercises over time can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
One study showed that people who practiced brain fitness had a 29 percent less chance of getting Alzheimer’s over ten years.
Working with a brain coach can also help you remember things like names and grocery lists more easily. It can improve your communication skills by helping you to find the right words and listen more effectively.
And, brain training can help improve your self-confidence and satisfaction in life by keeping you independent and connected. For example, your brain coach shows you how to memorize a list of 100 words and you feel great vowing your friends with your new special brain capacity.
Why It Works
Brain coaching works because your brain has neuroplasticity. This means it can change and grow over time; you can add or remove synapses, create and incorporate new brain cells, expand your blood circulation, rearrange the layout of your cortex, and increase your processing capacity.
What all of this boils down to is you can change the structure of your brain. Your brain literally GROWs when you perform brain exercises daily.
The way you transform your brain is, simply enough, through challenging your brain with stimulating specific targeted brain games – especially designed for you based on your demonstrated weakness on neurocognitive testing.
Learning and practicing memory exercises helps your brain get more adept at forming new pathways. This prevents your brain from atrophying as you age and helps you continue to make new connections.
Brain Fitness training also helps you get back on track after a concussion damages your brain and helps you become more organized despite your out-of-control ADHD symptoms. Your brain is malleable, and our brain coaches can help you build a more magnificent brain in a matter of three months.
Why You Need a Brain Coach
There are plenty of reasons why a brain coach could be useful for you, but a few reasons stand out from the rest.
1. Brain Coaches Have Expert Knowledge
One of the big advantages a brain coach brings to the table is expertise in neuroscience. Brain fitness is not some nebulous hippie idea about increasing the power of your mind. It’s a legitimate, science-based practice, and having a practitioner with expertise in the field can help you make sure you’re doing everything you can to get the most out of your brain training.
Our brain coaches are trained by Dr. Fotuhi – who is a nationally recognized author in the field of neuroplasticity and brain performance – and have completed his one-month training and passed his 5-hour certification exam.
2. Brain Coaches Act As Personal Trainers
Aside from the expertise, having a brain coach can have many of the same benefits as having a personal trainer. It’s hard to stay on track with any sort of growth regimen if you’re doing it on your own.
If you have set appointments with a coach, you’ll be more likely to stick to your schedule and push yourself harder, improving your results.
One of the best things you can do before working with a brain coach is to sit down and think about what goals you want to work on.
Do you want to be able to remember names or directions better? Do you want to be able to react more quickly to obstacles in the road or falling objects at home? Do you want to be more organized?
Once you’ve set out some clear goals for yourself, you share them with Dr. Fotuhi and he will then assign specific instructions for your brain coach to help you achieve your goals.
Remember, your brain has a great deal of malleability and can be upgraded with targeted “brain workouts.” You can expect to have a stronger brain within three months of working with your brain coach.
Strengthen Your Mind
Brain coaching is a fantastic way to make sure you enjoy your life long into your old age. It’s hard to overstate the impact cognitive function can have on your twilight years.
Imagine the difference between being able to have long conversations with your partner, play new games with your grandchildren, and drive yourself to a lunch out with friends, compared to sitting in a chair at home, lost in your head.
If you’d like to get started with qualified brain coaches today, reach out to us at NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center. We have coaches who, under supervision and direction of Dr. Fotuhi, will serve as your dedicated advocate to make sure you get the best results possible from your program.
Get started with our new patient portal and schedule an initial appointment with Dr. Fotuhi. He will evaluate you to establish how best you can boost your brain and set you up for the Brain Fitness Program right away.