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Heads Up on Your Head

Posted Aug 24 2008 9:44pm

Has anyone ever told you that you only use 10 percent of your brain?



Doesn't that question get you thinking about the potential for the other 90%? What could it be used for? Psychic abilities? Advanced reformer exercises?!



Wrap your mind around this- the saying, "you only use 10 percent of your brain" is a myth.



The exact origins of this myth are unclear, though its obvious that this myth is just an interpretation of what scientists have actually found to be true. Brain scanning techniques have shown that although we do not use 100% of our brains at all times, we do most every portion of our brain at one point during the day.



Every daily activity (eating, brushing your teeth) requires a small part of the brain to be active. The more complex the activity, the more parts of the brain are active to accomplish the task. Therefore, a simple glance at brain research would tell the novice that we only use a small portion of our brains, and that's it. A more thorough look at brain research would reveal that we eventually end up using all parts of our brain throughout the day, as our activities becomes more and more complex.



How does this relate to pilates and being physically active? The more complex the activity you're trying to accomplish, the more "brain" you require to work. Pilates is a complex activity that requires coordination, precision, and focus to move all the parts of your body at once. Other complex movements and sports (yoga, dancing, basketball, etc) also call on multiple parts of the brain to kick into action.



Pilates exercises such as Coordination, Snake, Butterfly, and most chair exercises (just to name a few) are great examples complex movements that require complex brain function!



For a more detailed article on this myth, its origins, and real brain research, see:

http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/10percent.asp Read more!

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