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Horacio Salinas / Trunk ArchiveYou exercise your body in the pursuit of optimal function, but what about your brain? Those looking to get an edge in-and out-of the gym are flexing their minds with neurofeedback. We're not talking Sudoku puzzles here (though they have their benefits), but neurofeedback-the process of hooking up to an electroencephalogram (EEG) in order to "train" your brain.
What It Is
Sure, it sounds a bit sci-fi, but it may dial down your stress level and help you tap into your potential. "Neurofeedback [also commonly called biofeedback] is somewhat like putting the brain on an elliptical machine or a stair stepper in order to exercise certain regulatory functions. For example, the brain can get stuck in an anxious state and neurofeedback training enables it to shift into a calmer state for optimal function. Essentially, you're aiding the brain's ability to self-regulate," says neurofeedback specialist Evelyn Shapero of the Brainfitness Centre in Los Angeles.