If you happen to sit next to me, say at the airport, it’s unlikely I will divulge any personal information.
Yes, the likelihood of me sharing any juicy confessions with you, a stranger, is zero, zilch, nada. It’s just not going to happen.
In fact, I will more likely have on headphones and be reading so as to discourage you from even thinking about making conversation. I'm a perfectly nice lady (I am sweeter than pie! Mmmmm . . . pie!) – I just am not a social butterfly. And I certainly don’t share intimate details with just anybody, either.
However, I am willing to admit some perhaps otherwise unknown information to you right here and now.
So, here it is: I have Olivia Newton John’s song “Physical” on my iPod.
It’s may not be the coolest song out there, but it’s kind of catchy, don’t you think? Of course, Ms. Olivia is not, as her video might suggest, talking about working out at the gym. That is not the “physical” stuff she’s referring to. Oh you’re so naughty Olivia!
Nevertheless, the gym is all about being physical. Right? Well, sort of.
You see, research suggests that while the body is quite important when it comes to exercise, the brain, too, is also vital.
Don’t believe me?
Fun factoid that you may want to share with all your friends: Olympians who visualize in their mind that they are outperforming their rivals actually score more medals.
Not only is that amazing, but it’s something you yourself could put to use. I mean, you do have a mind and thus, you can visualize just like the tip top athletes.How cool is that?!?! (you can thank you me later for the trivia and for the super helpful tip!)
Here’s the deal – A study appeared in the Journal of Neurophysiology. Researchers took two groups of people. One group exercised their finger for a month. The other group just thought about exercising their finger.
The end result: The second group, the ones who merely imagined that their body part was moving, actually boosted their fingers strength by 22%. They got stronger – without even lifting a finger!
(and those finger movers? Well they did get a wee bit stronger. Not much more though. They improved by 30%.)
Lesson to be learned – your thoughts are very powerful.
So next time you’re about to hit the gym, picture yourself having a rocking workout. Imagine you’re strong. Imagine you're fit and energetic and a total rock star. If you think it – it will be!
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