When the pandemic struck, instead of hunkering down, with her life on hold, Alison Weinlaeder moved into top gear with her brain-child, a new online business melding physical and mental workouts. The speech-language pathologist, from St. Paul, Minnesota, wanted to help people improve their cognitive abilities, at the same time as nurturing their cardiovascular fitness. Cardiomelon is a fitness program that puts the essential components of daily health at its core. In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, Alison explains the science behind her novel approach to fitness. She also shares the challenges and rewards she enjoys through a startup focussed on helping people live longer and better.
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Topics covered in this interview include:
- Why we should work on keeping the brain healthy and strong as well as the body
- Working, as a speech language pathologist, with people who've experienced tragic and traumatic events
- Pushing the brain outside its comfort zone
- The challenged posed by virtual therapy for patients with severe brain injuries
- Launching Cardiomelon in the midst of a pandemic
- Isn't it just normal to forget things as we get older?
- Empowering people through brain-focussed exercise
- How gardening and walking can help boost brain performance.
- Building a brain workout programme based on the concepts of rehabilitation - the principles of neuroplasticity
- Why you've got to use it to improve it
- Why just doing mental workouts, without always succeeding in a challenge, will improve brain health
- Never too late or early to start.
- Partnering with Hilarity for Charity with a mission to educate people in their 20s about poor health habits that could lead to Alzheimer's
- The evidence to support combining cognitive and physical exercise
- Learning how to think smarter, through visualization and habits
- Being empowered to control brain health
- The lifestyle habits that will determine how our lives will be like, decades in the future.
- Future science-based research into the outcomes from Cardiomelon
The Live Long and Master Aging podcast shares ideas but does not offer medical advice. If you have health concerns of any kind, or you are considering adopting a new diet or exercise regime, you should consult your doctor.