Brain Balancing Act
NW Method was created to help artists like Madonna, Kate Hudson, and Stella McCartney to achieve optimal health through connecting their mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical body. Total health cannot be achieved without connecting all parts of the human body. Many fail to realize that the physical body is a representation of the mental, emotional, and spiritual expression of the individual. Through learning the NW Method, one can be able to make radical changes to their health by strengthening their bodies, minds and souls.
“Learning to balance the left and right side of your brain.”
One crucial element to the NW Method is balancing the left and right side of the brain. The theory is that people are either left-brained or right-brained, meaning that one side of their brain is dominant. If you’re mostly analytical and methodical in your thinking, you’re said to be left-brained. If you tend to be more creative or artistic, you’re thought to be right-brained.
“The left side of the brain is sometimes called the digital brain.”
The left brain is more verbal, analytical, and orderly than the right brain; it’s sometimes called the digital brain. It’s better at things like reading, writing, and computations. It is easier for you to produce logical, sequencing, linear thinking, mathematics, facts, and thinking in words. If you are in a job that requires you to be methodical and structured in thinking by using scientific facts, or math, then you are prone to use more of your left side of brain.
The left side of brain is also in charge of the right side of the body. When you exercise, it is good to pay attention to which side of the body you are working and more dominant in; bringing balance to the physical body will also help you bring balance to the brain.
“The right brain is more visual and intuitive.”
It is sometimes referred to as the analog brain. It has a more creative and less organized way of thinking. Mainly artists and creatives are dominant in this way of thinking. You may be right-side brain dominant if you tend to follow your gut feelings and practice: imagination, holistic thinking, intuition, arts, rhythm, nonverbal cues, feelings, visualizations, and daydreaming. The right side of the brain is in charge of the left side of the body. When you are working with the left side of the body during your exercise, pay attention to its balance, strength, and flexibility.
“How to keep the left and right side of the brain in balance.”
It’s important we keep our brain sharp. Workouts in NW Method promote right side and left side of the body movements that keep the brain engaged and balanced. In addition, the high repetition and unique moves keep the body and brain connected in ways to promote memory, focus, and attention. While keeping count and memorizing the sequencing, NW Method allows you to also focus on your creativity and ideas to keep your imagination working for brain and body health. Your brain benefits from a good physical workout. Just 120 minutes per week of aerobic exercise can help improve learning and verbal memory. Avoid junk food and be sure to get all the essential nutrients you need through your diet or dietary supplements. Aim for a full night’s sleep every night.
Here are some tips for boosting left side of the brain:
- Spend some time each day reading, writing, or both.
- Never stop learning. Take a class, go to a lecture, or try to acquire a new skill.
- Tackle challenging crossword and sudoku puzzles.
- Play memory games, board games, card games, or video games.
- Take on a new hobby that requires you to focus.
Here are some tips for boosting the right side of brain:
- When you get new ideas, write them down and work on developing them further.
- Learn to listen to your gut feelings.
- Brainstorm. When faced with a problem, try to find several ways to get to a solution.
- When doing simple chores, such as washing the dishes, leave the TV off and let your mind wander to new places.
- Rest, relax, and laugh to let your creative juices flow.
Nicole Winhoffer is a world-renowned fitness artist, First Brand Ambassador for Adidas x Stella McCartney, and creator of her own workout brand, The NW Method.