I learn most from my young friends and it’s one of them, a Harvard trained medical research student, who introduced to me how the brain exercise compliment overall fitness.
I have been contemplating on regulating my workout schedule to stay fit, train for the next level in swimming competition and become a worthy fitness consultant, when the new dimension comes into attention. Exercise the brain by thinking hard.
While the planned workout schedule of yoga, swimming and weights could border extreme workout at my age, I am a novice when it comes to challenging the brain.
That’s I avoid crossword puzzles, complex maths, chess, riddles and even scrabble. The same young friend introduced ‘Dopamine’ to me sometime back and I let it pass thinking it’s complex.
My thought process and thus any brain challenge is like that of an idiot. Now I have to think how to change it. And it’s complex and hard. Perhaps that’s just the beginning of challenging the brain.
I can feel the brain is in attention and what’s required, perhaps, is to pursue the thinking process though difficult and very hard.
Yes, think hard!
It may not fit in as Novel, but it certainly needed persistence.
As a swimmer I have to be familiar with race start from the starting board, if I am to compete effectively in a competition.
With Masters Games offering competitive sports at various age groups, a dopamine effect for happiness is available in participating in a championship.
But I was not very good in the start and some training was required.
That’s why I joined a swimming training course. In fact it was my wife who found out about the training and got me enrolled.
The initial few (actually many) dives from that starting block height drew red designs on my chest as I was hitting the water with the chest.
Also the swimming goggles used to come off with the impact.
But now, after a few days of persistent attempts, the arrow like hands go into the water with head tucked in between the shoulders and somewhat a dolphin jump making a painless smooth entry into the water and to continue the strokes.
The goggles remain in place, supported by the swimming cap. This technique is thanks to Google.
Here the Dopamine hormone is activated for a good feeling of happiness.
Remember the blog (@https://decodinghappyness.com/author/himalis49/) “Novelty, Dopamine, Follow- Through and Persistence. It’s true.
I just read a blog post from a young friend who wrote on ‘Novelty, Dopamine, Follow-through and Persistence’ (@decodinghappyness) and I am like, ‘I have found the best things to do’.
There’s in fact a challenge to readers of the blog to spell out two things in Novelty and Persistence that could give the Dopamine effect.
And I am thrilled to realise that it is easy for me to identify and they are 1. Acquire six pack 2. Explore chances to act in movies.
Both to me are novel and involve persistence to achieve.
Going for it!
Goal set, with learning from young and bright mind