Today we’re doing a walking workout with weights.
Get ready because you’re about to get the heart pumping while you tone and strengthen your muscles.
The movements I’ve chosen are extra special because many of them are known as contralateral movement exercises.
These movements ask the right and left side of your brain (and body) to coordinate together in natural movement patterns.
This has a strong impact on your health as well as your body, especially after fifty.
Over the years you probably sit more and move less, and that means you may have inadvertently neglected these important movement patterns that affect your thinking, your coordination and your balance.
How Contralateral Movement Patterns Can Help you Find Your Keys:
Have you ever run around the house like a chicken with your head cut off, wondering “where the heck did I place those keys!??”
I know I have! (I’ve also done this with the remote control, my sunglasses and my bottle of water, just to mention a few)
Honestly, I know I need to add more of these contralateral movement into my day, and I’m hoping you’ll join me.
Memory recall, thinking, coordination, and learning tend to improve when contralateral movement patterns are performed.
These movement patterns create powerful neural connections, and wake up brain cells that not only teach the body to coordinate (reducing clumsiness and the risk of falls)
but also increase brain power, cognition and the ability to remember.
One study showed that Alzheimer patients who participated in Brain Gym (a movement program that incorporates contralateral movement patterns) tested 23% higher in tasks such as word recall, where participants were asked to remember a list of words read to them.
This shows that spontaneous remembering improves with contralateral movements such as those used in Brain Gym.
So, instead of wasting what seems like a lifetime searching for your keys until that moment that you say, “Oh gosh, here they are!” instead you may spend half the time looking when a zap or recall hits you and you say, “Aha I know where I put them!”
So, by strengthening these contralateral movement patterns while we burn calories and increase lean muscle tone, you’ll literally be training your brain and reviving brain cells to think quicker and remember where you placed those keys!
You’ll do all of that while your heart pumps, and your body tones! It’s a huge win, win!
What you’ll need:
For this walking workout with weights, you’ll need your feet, and light weights.
However, if coordination isn’t your strong suite, learn the movement patterns first, then add the weight later. You’ll still tone the abs and legs without them.
So, are you ready to burn calories, increase lean muscle tone and revive some brain cells!?
Let’s Get Started!
Now that you’ve strengthened the body, it’s time to repair the lean muscle you’ve worked hard to get. Learn which nutrients shift after 50 and how you can create healthy, lasting weight loss.
- American Council On Exercise: Why Crawling Fixes Everything
- American Council On Exercise: 3 Essential Movements for Your Kids
- Kinesiology Zone: Cross Crawl Increase Your Mind Power