Looking around, there’s a yoga studio on every corner. With classes, retreats, workshops, and teacher training, one could assume that Yoga has become a mainstream form of exercise. If you had any doubts, just look at the wide assortment of Yoga magazines that vie for your attention in the supermarket checkout lines. A recent NY… Continue reading DIY Yoga Therapy: Flexing Your Muscles and Spirit
By Bonnie Feldman, Ellen M. Martin, Melinda Speckmann Digital games can help us stay sharp by exercising different parts of the mind, including short and long-term memory, speed, accuracy and efficiency in processing information and solving problems. The market for brain games is still in its infancy, with emerging companies taking three different slants toward… Continue reading Using Digital Tools to Channel our Minds: Staying Sharp
Can meditation practice train the mind as physical training does the body? As I am preparing for the mhealth summit presentation “Using the Digital Tools of Play to Personalize Health” I am wondering if meditation, like gaming, will become a driver of wider acceptance of mind-training interventions for cognitive wellness. Meditation has been in the… Continue reading Is Meditation for Cognitive Wellness the Next Big Healthcare Trend?
By Bonnie Feldman, Melinda Speckmann, Ellen M. Martin New technologies in digital health, big data, genomics and neuroscience are converging to help us take better care of our minds, bodies and spirits. Just as our bodies require fitness through exercise and healthy living habits, our brains also need exercise to be fit and well. Our… Continue reading Using Digital Tools to Channel Our Minds: Introduction
Cheaper, faster, better technology is enabling nearly one in four people around the world to connect with each other anytime, anywhere, as online social networks have changed the way we live, work and play. In healthcare, the data generated by mobile phones and sensors can give us new information about ourselves, extend the reach of our healers… Continue reading The Role of Big Data in Personalizing the Healthcare Experience: Mobile
Everyone knows the importance of keeping their body healthy; websites like Pinterest have sections dedicated to health, workout sensations Shawn T. and Billy Blank are making cardio workouts fun, and even the Food Network has changed their shows to cater to a healthier lifestyle. However, brain health doesn’t have the same publicity and many people… Continue reading Neuroplasticity and Brain Fitness
In my previous post, I wrote about my first experience attending a mindfulness session. Needless to say, it was a successful experiment, and keen to learn more, I returned to the Hammer to see what the subsequent mindfulness sessions would inspire. My second session was led by Diana Winston-whose soothing voice and demeanor left me refreshed and… Continue reading DIY Experiments: Mindfulness Parts 2 and 3
Ever since exploring concepts of feedback loops and behavior change, I have been in a period of personal experimentation. Have you ever had that thing on your to-do list that never makes it to the top? There seem to be lots of excuses that stand in the way, until one day, you just decide to make it happen.… Continue reading DIY Experiment: Mindfulness