The Washington Times - March 28, 2009, 01:35PM

Thousands of older Americans are heading off to gyms that exercise the brain rather than the body, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Workouts at brain gyms usually are based on brain fitness computer programs, but some teach brain nutrition and provide mental fitness assessments.  Some even offer personal trainers who specialize in “neurobics.”


Studies have shown that memory improves with training, but other long-term benefits such as mental clarity are unclear.  Some researchers say brain gyms are simply cashing in on people’s fear of Alzheimer’s disease.

At a brain gym, the encouragement “Feel the burn!” takes on a WHOLE new meaning.

I like my brain gym because I just got my mental bench press back up to 350 pounds.

If you leave a brain gym with a headache, you know you’ve had a good workout.

There’s going to be a fight over Social Security in coming years, and older Americans are getting themselves in shape for it.

I really need a mental fitness program.  I’m so out of shape that my brain has a beer belly.