Brain class helps keep fitness IN MIND
Active duty service members may be used to the physically grueling mile runs and hikes with loads of gear attached to their backs. For two consecutive days this week, however, special strength training was dedicated to the mind.
The Armed Services YMCA of Honolulu offered a brain-training program for eligible service members and civilians at the Navy College Office aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 1 and 2, 2015.
For three hours each day, participants engaged in both group and individual activities designed to improve brain function.
“Using strategies that maximize brain performance, minimize stress and improve productivity, service members see improvements in their professional and personal lives,” said Laurie Moore, the executive director of the ASYMCA of Honolulu. “This has positive implications for their families, their professions, their branches of service and ultimately our great nation.”
Participants from several branches attended the sessions, which were taught by three instructors from the Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Moore said many service members are interested in taking the training and there is currently a waiting list for the next available training session, which they hope to offer in the winter.