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Mind over Matter: Focus On Your Muscles When Training

Have you ever heard the saying “mind over matter”? It’s always essential to stay mindful about whatever you are doing in order to be here at this moment. And

4 months ago

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Have you ever heard the saying “mind over matter”? It’s always essential to stay mindful about whatever you are doing in order to be here at this moment. And the workout is not an exclusion. Matter-of-factly, it is something where having this mind-muscle connection is highly important. You may wonder why, and I’ll answer that you will see better results faster when focusing on your muscles. Don’t believe me? Read on for more info!

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But first, what is this mind-muscle connection? If to put it simply, it’s when you are conscious about your muscles when they are working. For example, you are performing a squat and trying to feel every inch of the muscles which are involved, trying to imagine how they grow and how the tension influences their growth.

Several research studies are stating that our brains play a significant role in controlling muscle movement and strength. In other words, our movements begin in our head and then in our body. When you learn to focus on your muscles while performing an exercise, it leads to more muscle engagement by recruiting more muscle fibers or making them work faster.

Every so often, when you are performing a squat, you may complain you don’t feel your muscles are engaged correctly. Thus, the results are far from those you expect them to be. It’s a common problem when you train and think about your job at the same time. Or about your upcoming leisure activities. Or the food.

Plus, when you’re really focused on your workout, it’s a kind of meditation that simplifies all the process rather than makes it complicated. Mind every move, and your workout session will be far more effective for sure. Focus your attention on the specific muscle of your body and visualize them working while making time under tension longer. The slower your reps are, the better your brain will communicate with your muscles.

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Published 4 months ago