Namungos Bring Mental Benefits to Sports Minded Learners

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You may remember namungos as fictional characters – with real brain parts! But did you know  they offer magical supports to sports minded people? I’m referring to people who enjoy movement, do well at one or more sports, or like to compete in physical activities.

Brain Based Benefits for Kinesthetic Learners

6 surefire ways namungos bring brain benefits to athletes.

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1. Bas stores good habits that athletes build – such as regular sleep patterns.   Each good habit stored becomes the practice easily retrieved in an athlete’s life and sports.

With good choices, athlete’s bypass their brain’s pack-rat basal ganglia which also warehouses ruts and broken routines like squirrels stockpile nuts in winter. As athletes understand how good habits open doors into new ventures they will ditch tired basal ganglia routines faster and run with new tactics for successful results.

@ 2016 Ellen Weber

@ 2016 Ellen Weber

2. Sero fuels laughter at silly mistakes made along the way so that confidence is built along with expectation to do better in the next run through. Sero can be raised in several observable ways  that help athletes to cultivate wellbeing and foster growth in their sport.

By now – you likely know that serotonin – the brain’s wellbeing chemical – packs new zest when we laugh at our  mistakes. Get others laughing too and serotonin sends its magic across an entire room.

@ 2016 Ellen Weber

@ 2016 Ellen Weber

3. Disrupt a less effective move with a new  replacement learned and watch Plas change your brain for more effectiveness. Ask, What if…? and then act on new approaches learned.

Your plasticity (the brain’s ability to change itself) reshapes after each action you risk and do. You  grow more brainpower with each innovative move.

4. Jot down cool tips learned. Add hints to show how you’ll do it later in your sport. Expect to forget even the best ideas, if not applied, because your working memory acts like a  computer’s copy-paste file. How so?

@ 2016 Ellen Weber

@ 2016 Ellen Weber

When new facts fly in from the next idea encountered, your brain’s thimble sized capacity for new facts gets displaced. Outsource your memory by creating cheat sheets of tactics you will try and then be sure to act.


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5. Run from vents and people who sprout them. Instead offer a proposal and help to improve anything you dislike. What do vents trigger?

Cortisol – the brain’s toxic stress chemical – packs a sucker punch to all when we vent, rage, gloat, or nay-say. Get yourself and others proposing mental make-overs wherever you spot snags and those flawed moves will fade as cortisol decreases.

6. Ramp up emotional IQ in the sessions. Some call it taming your amygdala which is the brain’s seat of emotions. Why not settle for an untamed amygdala?

@ 2016 Ellen Weber

@ 2016 Ellen Weber

Your amygdala stores every shout out you make for a peer, every thanks you offer a fellow participant, every smile you flash to a coach or mentor! A tamed amygdala sets the stage for life-changing takeaways – that get you more bang for every buck.

Ready to rock more brainpower from your next game?

Will you become one of the few who takeaway more and contribute more? If so, expect to rock electrifying opportunities that may well remain hidden and unseen to many athletes.

Why not highlight your mental achievements with an interactive celebration of innovation where all learn and all teach for instance? My groups use the unique 10-step mutual mentoring  process that ensure namungo benefits to all, regardless of their developmental levels.  How so?

Check out this brief namungo video to see mental assets namungos could bring to transform your next kinesthetic interactions?

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