Golden brainSome lucky people wake up in the morning and jump right out of bed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (so to speak).

I am not one of those people!

Therefore, waking up my brain to optimal functioning has become just as an important part of my morning practice as gently waking up my body to the demands of the day.

To do this, I am indebted to my therapist and holistic health coach, Kelly Hale of Inspired Wellness, for introducing me to Brain Gym.

The first item on the Brain Gym agenda is to drink some water, which is estimated to comprise up to 90% of the brain. (No wonder we feel woozy when we are out in the sun too long without drinking sufficient water.)

So simply drinking enough water during the day to keep well hydrated can improve your brain function.

The general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces a day. The old admonition to drink eight glasses a day somehow doesn’t work for both Michael Jordan and me.

The four basic Brain Gym exercises (which many students, including my grandchildren, are now taught in school) are called Pace (for Positive, Active, Clear and Energetic). They take only a few minutes to do, and make for a great start to the day.

Click here for a short YouTube video showing all the parts of Pace and why each is important to the process. There are plenty of other videos with more extensive information that are online as well.

Doing Brain Gym, not just in the morning, but before any important undertaking, such as writing, making an important phone call, or giving a talk; not only makes the job easier, it also helps to reduce stress before taking on these responsibilities.

So plan to do Pace before your next presentation or act of creation, and get the benefits of a better functioning brain to help you succeed at your task.

Please let me know on our Facebook page if you are also a Brain Gym devotee, or if this blog post inspires you to become one.