Whole Motion: Training Your Brain and Body for Optimal Health

Whole Motion: Training Your Brain and Body for Optimal Health

by Derek Beres


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Modern fitness is not just about how we move our bodies; it’s about how we move our brains as well. Whole Motion offers a complete picture of how to strengthen your resolve, gain laser-sharp focus, boost your ability to remember, calm your anxiety levels, master your emotional responses, and embody your body like never before. Author Derek Beres uncovers the latest research in how the brain is affected by a number of different exercise formats. The book offers sample workouts designed to give your brain the greatest stimulation and regeneration possible.

Whole Motion is divided into two main sections. In the Movement section, Beres looks at the movement science and neuroscience behind Feldenkrais, strength training, HIIT, yoga, and meditation. He reveals the latest research behind each movement discipline and incorporates anecdotal examples from clients and students. He also includes information on when and why to perform each exercise.

In the Mind section, Beres investigates the other side of fitness: nutrition, regeneration, flow, and disruption, as well as how to choose music for optimal workouts and the neurological cost of distraction. This section is the lifestyle component, focusing on how to create the best environment to achieve a sense of completeness in brain and body.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631440724
Publisher: Carrel Books
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Derek Beres has taught yoga, fitness, and studio cycling at Equinox Fitness since 2004, where he has been at the cutting edge in new workout programs. In 2014, he created Flow Play, a national program in which he traveled to numerous Equinoxes educating instructors about the intersection of movement, music, and neuroscience. He is also a columnist for Big Think and 24 Life, 24 Hour Fitness’s magazine.

Table of Contents

Part I Setting the Stage

1 An Introduction to Change 3

2 Brain and Body 15

3 The Regeneration Prescription 27

Part II Movement

4 Learning to Crawl 45

5 Pump Up the Volume 62

6 Resistance is Not Futile 78

7 Strike a Pose 92

8 Tuning In 111

Part III Mind

9 The Art of Disruption 129

10 What Goes In 139

11 Entering the Flow 156

12 The Perfect Soundtrack 166

13 Attention, Please 182

Acknowledgments 197

Notes 199

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