It sounds super-complicated, but neurofeedback is a relatively simple concept. It involves retraining your brain so that you react differently to situations. It helps you to process your emotions more rationally. The neural pathways in your brain determine how you react. But they are not like highways that cannot be moved. It’s possible to reconstruct the neural pathways so that they follow different routes and help you to function better on a cognitive level.
A lot of people use EEG monitoring to retrain their brains. They wear an EEG monitor and then are exposed to stimuli. Their reactions are tracked by the EEG machine. They can see if their reaction is favorable or unfavorable. Then they can set about changing their responses to be more favorable. It’s not necessary to go as far as using an EEG machine. You can see the results of neurofeedback in the way you respond to situations after consciously training your brain to respond favorably.
Biohackers believe that neurofeedback and retraining the brain reduces stress as it forces you to cope better with external factors such as stress. Teaching your brain to think in a fight, flight, or fright situation helps you to process your feelings and respond more rationally. Biohackers also believe it can stimulate your creativity.
18. Heart rate variability
It’s easy to get an app on your smartphone that measures your heart rate. Your heart rate remains steady when you’re not under stress. But the minute you exercise, it increases. The minute you’re exposed to stress or anxiety, it increases.
The increases caused by exercise are positive. They stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin which induces a feeling of happiness and euphoria.
Increases to your heart rate brought on by stress and anxiety are bad. They put you in that fight, flight, or fright position. The body releases more cortisol. This is referred to as the ‘stress hormone.’ A constant demand for cortisol can affect the functionality of the endocrine system.
When your heart rate goes up, your heart is working harder than normal. Making such demands of your heart indefinitely can affect its lifespan. But it’s possible to learn how to slow your heart rate when you feel stressed or anxious. This is a biohacking essential. Deep breathing is a way to do it. But you need to learn to breathe diaphragmatically. This means training yourself to breathe through your diaphragm and not through your lungs. It’s quite easy to do, and there are lots of videos online demonstrating how to do it.
19. Inversion therapy
Well, if it works for Batman, why shouldn’t it work for you? Inversion therapy involves hanging upside down. This forces an increase in blood supply to the brain. Biohackers believe that this improves mental capacity and performance. The increased blood supply to the brain means an increased oxygen supply to the brain. Increased oxygen promotes increased brain function.
It’s not a good idea to go and hang upside down on the jungle gym at your local park as a DIY inversion therapy! You’ll probably scare the kids away and endure a visit from the police!
If you want to try inversion therapy, it needs to be done on an inversion table. This is a piece of equipment designed especially for the job. If you buy one, don’t do inversion therapy alone. You don’t want to get stuck hanging upside down and unable to get back up again. When you start, spend 1-2 minutes upside down. You can gradually increase the time you spend in the inverted position. However, experts explain that it’s not about how much time you spend hanging upside down that has the benefits. It’s about how frequently you do it. Inversion therapy is also good for tense back and neck muscles.
20. Biohacking your workout routine
We know that exercise is good for you. It released endorphins and serotonin and gives you that post-workout ‘high.’ It’s good for your heart and muscles as well. And it helps you to lose weight.
You can apply biohacking to your workout routine as well. It involves a lot of effort to get it right. You need to track how often you work out, what times you work out, and what exercises you do in each workout session. This allows you to figure out the optimal time to work out and how often you need to work out. Tracking your exercises helps you to determine which exercises are the most beneficial for your body.
This biohacking method means that you have to experiment a lot with your workout routine to calculate what works for you and your body. Then you can determine an exact workout schedule and routine, so you can make the most of the time you spend exercising. You might come up with a variety of workouts which you can rotate so that your routine doesn’t become too repetitive and boring.
Always remember to include breathing exercises in your workout routine. It’s essential to supply your muscles with enough oxygen when exercising to prevent injury.