As I mentioned last week, while I was sick I had the opportunity to complete my last continuing education requirements for my re-certification for my personal training license. (I focus mainly on nutrition but I feel like keeping my PT certification current is still important and valuable) The course I was taking was called Sculpting Her Perfect Body and focused solely on working with female clients. One of the topics I found to be most interesting was Developing a Mind-to-Muscle Connection. Here is an except from the study information:
“Contrary to popular belief, weightlifting is more than just a physical endeavor. There is a large mental component associated with the activity, and harnessing your mental acuity can substantially improve results while decreasing the potential for injury. In essence, a mind-to-muscle connection is the ability to visualize a muscle and to feel it working through a complete range of motion during exercise performance. Rather than thinking about where you feel the muscular stimulus, it requires you to think about where you are supposed to feel the stimulus. Keeping your mental focus channeled in such a way helps maximize muscular stimulation to the desired region.”
I will fully admit that I totally 100% buy into this! I always try to visualize my muscles working when I lift weight and when I run. I picture them growing stronger and working hard to propel me forward. Now I obviously do not get this mentally focused on every run (sometimes I need to focus on my grocery list or what cute outfit I am going to wear that night to dinner with Keith) but on the runs where I am really focusing on my muscles I feel like I tackle the hills easier and run more effortlessly.
What about you? Do you believe in the power of the mind when it comes to exercise?
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